The Characteristics of Influencers and Opinion Leaders of Science Gateways and Cyberinfrastructure for Innovation Diffusion

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2023

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To maximize national investments in science gateways (SG) and cyberinfrastructure (CI), understanding and harnessing the factors that enable user adoption is critically valuable. In this paper, we discuss how the social science concepts of influencers and opinion leaders apply in SG/CI domains and help drive user adoption. We identify three key aspects of influencers based on a systematic analysis of 132 interviews with SG/CI users and experts from 2016-2019: who they are, what qualities they possess, and how they communicate. We find that SG/CI influencers will be most effective if they possess mentoring roles, are active and visible members of an academic or professional community, and if they facilitate growth within SG/CI at the individual and community levels. We also outline 12 techniques organized under 4 methodological approaches which SG/CI staff can employ to recruit influencers to help promote adoption.

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Technological Innovation, Logic Gates, Interviews, Social Networking (Online), Global Communication, Cultural Differences, Behavioral Sciences

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Olshansky, A., Hayes, C., & Kee, K. F. (2023). The Characteristics of Influencers and Opinion Leaders of Science Gateways and Cyberinfrastructure for Innovation Diffusion. Computing in Science and Engineering, 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1109/mcse.2023.3276905

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