- Glossary AlpES Terms
The stakeholder factsheet can be understood as a curriculum vitae (cv) of a stakeholder's project action in the AS. It contains the most important information on a stakeholder, his competences and his projects. The function included in the database creates the factsheet automatically from the data available in the database, and it is possible to download it (pdf file). The information provided for each stakeholder concerns
Data on project participation of the stakeholders has been used to draw social network graphs. The method comes from social network analysis (see Hanneman and Riddle (2005) for an introduction) which is based on mathematical tools and graph theory. By definition, a social network is simply a set of actors (nodes), that may have relationships (edges) with one another.
Our stakeholder network graphs show the network of Alpine Space (AS) institutions for the thematic fields analysed by WIKIAlps. In particular, they show proximity, relationships and their strength between stakeholders. It is based on stakeholders' participation in 30 projects across two thematic fields. The data came from the Joint Technical Secreteriat of the AS Programme. We consider institutions as stakeholders and projects as social groups. Inside such a group all stakeholders have relationships to one another. A stakeholder participating in two or more groups creates links between these groups, in other words he acts as a hub between projects.
The graph consists of nodes (institutions) and edges (relations), which are arranged using a specific layout algorithm. To improve readibility and understanding of the network and individual positions of stakeholders, we had to make some choices regarding the layout of the graph. The graph conveys information on stakeholder centrality, direct and indirect relationships with other stakeholders and intensity of relationships.
Both stakeholder factsheets and graphs are automatically generated from the database. Thus, for the graphs, layouts may change from one stakeholder to another, but layouts for one stakeholder will always be the same. It is important to note that among all projects in the scope of the WIKIAlps project, almost all partners belong to the same network (linked at least via rank 3 relationships). Only two projects (Alps-Bio-Cluster, Plat.f.o.r.m, 13 stakeholders) are strictly independent.