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    In this set of figures (4 to 6), project partnerships are described as individual and related networks. This presentation is based on network analysis, which identifies actors and their relationships, and shows how communities develop (see PDF guide). The analysis has been done with software called UCINET, which serves as a tool for analysing network, mainly in sociological research.  Information on individual projects can be looked up in the annex.

    In this figure you can see project partnerships in the first phase: 1995 to 1997. The red nodes represent the individual partners, the line between every two partners marks the relation between them and indicates the potential of collaboration. 
    What is worth noting?

    • Three projects form a cluster, because several individual researchers participate in two or three of them. This interrelation in fact supports the efforts made by CEDEFOP and others to develop collaboration and synergies between projects. 
    • The four partners involved in multiple co-participation form stronger ties between themselves. They represent a central group, functioning as boundary spanners; these may be important as potential interfaces for knowledge transfer.
    • A lot of partners in this cluster, particularly within EUROPROF, are FORUM members, identified by squares. FORUM, at that time operating informally, played a major constituting role in developing project networks. We shall follow up their role in the next two periods.

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