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How can YOU EMPLOY Commetrix? We want to engage in network oriented Systems Analysis in communication and collaboration contexts, e.g. in a corporate application, in a research setting, and in the furture even in a personal end-user context. However, due to time constraints and recent requests we decided to start with corporate and academic collaborations.
here, if you are a researcher,
interested in using Commetrix and in collaborating in an international
user community we plan to develop around the software framework.
Click here, if you are a private person and you want to learn more about how the Framework can be beneficial for your personal context.
However, although the underlying functionality is provided by the tool, eliciting value by understanding connections between a multitude of networked people is not easily done. It can require the development of individual connectors to access existing data sources or the adaptation of the tool to meet your individual reporting and analysis needs - tailoring the tool to your special application area (see above). This is why in most scenarios we suggest a cooperation in a project form.
Corporate application objectives can be:
I Corporate Users. As we had much interest recently, we offer software licenses, adaptations, and consulting regarding to the method and the software You can contact us via the e-mail adress firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate a discussion of your demand and to identify possible solutions based on the Commetrix framework.
Ia Corporate Single channel analysis project: We seek project partners, who are interested in discovering and analyzing their corporate communication networks. This can elicit groups of experts engaged in furthering various corporate issues or simply give insights about existing communities to elicit their active and inactive parts. Object of analysis can be the e-mail network, a discussion group, instant messaging, or even VoIP usage. The project could also be targeted at understanding and analyzing customer communities. Dynamic analysis can show the parts with largest growth or decline or alert when sudden changes and dynamics occur. If you are interested in this option, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. (also see CORE below)
Ib Corporate Multiple channel analysis project: This project proposal will tap the full potential of visualizing virtual communication and collaboration. We seek a project partner to identify and elicit various channels of communication and collaboration, including joint meetings of people, joint document authorship, joint team actions, and of course communication traces. This will allow to create a picture of the real work patterns in a corporation. As multichannel analysis is still in its research stage, we currently linvite project partners, who are willing to cooperate in this research on a self-cost-base, i.e. by funding the costs of this exploratory venture. This will primarily include the costs of capturing requirements and data plus the costs of developing the necessary integration transformations. If you are interested in this option, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (also see E3 below)
Example Project Options. We suggest the following project proceddure (see figure below). After defining your project's objectives and selecting your communication channels (E1) , we will check the availability of those channels for analysis. The next step (E2) can be necessary to develop the required connectors to capture data from the selected data sources, i.e. communication channels. Further, according to the project objectives, it can be required to develop extended analysis and visualization functionality to meet your personal monitoring needs (alerting functions, special coloring methods, reporting features, etc.)
The main element of the project (CORE)
is then the implementation and test of the application,
including the required user clients, the server and the database. After
test imports of the data, the single channel analysis can be executed.
This can be seen as a special analytical method (project) including
structural and social measurements, visual structural and social
network analysis, keyword and content analysis and egonet and
growth/evolvement analysis to see your networks' dynamics.
After successful single channel analysis, a multi channel monitoring can be optionally added (E3). It will include the definition of data integration and transformation procedures and another analysis iteration. Finally, the project can be manifested with continual monitoring (E4) to have a continuous monitor running which includes new communication data on a real-time basis.
The figure also implies that the steps 5 to 7 (implementing the tool and conducting the analysis) are the CORE PROJECT. All other blocks are optional extensions (E for extension). E1 and E2 are highly recommended to elicit the most value out of your analysis project. E3 and E4 can extend the picture and application. E3 and E4 are currently in research and development stage, therefore we invite you to become a project partner on a self-cost-base.
Your contact. If you want to learn more or engage in one of the cooperation scenarios above, please contact: email@example.com.
Academic Research Cooperation. Coming from academic
research ourselves and knowing that the software can be quite valuable
for exploring and analyzing network datasets, we will be very happy and
proud to assist researchers in better understanding their datasets with
complementing visualizations and the extraction of main network cores
Currently, we also intend to provide this service free to a selected set of projects in order to collaboratively explore the opportunities of the tool for research. We might be able to help you by transforming a dataset, that you previously stored in a specified format. But please understand that when the efforts to collaborate require additional development work we would need a little funding for letting some person do the job. With these projects we want to form a kind of a beta-user research collaboration community of people interested in the framework and in the topic. If you are interested in participating, please write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In parallel we will be working
on a mode to let people use the software without our help, still that
is not completed yet. We will probably request a very small license fee
to cover all the efforts of the past years. We hope you understand
this. Please stay tuned to learn more about this researcher license
model and also read the previous paragraph to learn about our plans to
create a research community for researchers interested in collaborating
based on the tool.
Individual (private) Users. Next to seeking project
partnerships with professionals, we also want to consider the private
user who wants to see his environment of electronic communication in
e-mail, instant messaging or (nntp, php, slashdot) newsgroups. For this
application, we currently also work in parallel on a client version,
which will soon enable individual users to apply the tool to analyze
their personal dataset. However, as we are currently dealing with
some more special requests from researchers and companies, we need to
delay our efforts to work on the very challenging scenario of
individual use a bit. I hope you understand, that we have some time
constraints ourselves, too. However, feel free to examine the demo
version, which is available online (except if we rework it).
Matthias Trier, © IKM/sysedv Technical University Berlin 2006