The EWG-DSS Collab-Net Project

The project Collab-Net works on a Social Network Perspective of DSS-Research Collaboration in Europe, within the EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS).

Currently the Collab-Net project is in its Version 5 and counts with an intensive research cooperation between the EWG-DSS Coordination Members and their teams and the research team of the Management Engineering Department of the Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. The figure below summarizes the work being carried out in Collab-Net Version 5.


Collab-Net V.5 Specification Poster

Project Collab-Net Version 5 (2018).


Notes on Collab-Net made during a project meeting in Toulouse, in 2015.


The latest publication of the project can be found here:
F.C.C. Dargam, Isabelle Linden, Shaofeng Liu, Rita A. Ribeiro, Pascale Zaraté, “The Development Roadmap of the EWG-DSS Collab-Net Project: A Social Network Perspective of DSS Research Collaboration in Europe”, in Springer Series LNBIP 164 –  Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP_DSS) on “Decision Support Systems II – Recent Developments Applied to DSS Network Environments”. ISBN: 978-3-642-41076-5. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41077-2. LNBIP 164. Springer Publisher, 2013.

The presentation below, entitled: “EWG-DSS Collab-Net”, was given in the EWG-DSS Thessaloniki-2013 Workshop on “Exploring New Directions for Decisions in the Internet Age” , during the period of May 29-31,2013.

In 2016 the EWG-DSS Collab-Net has advanced in its development, with the support of EWG-DSS members from the UFPE – Management Engineering Department, in Recife – Brazil, and an online platform was deployed linking the collaboration data of the EWG-DSS members initially with the Google Scholar database. This platform ( needs now to be tested and used by the EWG-DSS group members .

Below you can read more details on the poster about it (to be presented on the ICDSST2016 in Plymouth UK, in May 2016).

Initial Specifications & Presentations avout the Collab-Net Project:

A Social-Academic Network for EWG-DSS

The Coordination Board is currently also conducting a study about research interests of the group members, to draw a knowledge map on Decision Support Systems. This project targets mainly to disseminate research being conducted by members of the group. As a primary step, we will develop a social structure for the group, using us – the group members – as its defined population. By doing this, we will devise a social-academic network analysis for identifying the collaboration relationship that exits among the EWG-DSS members on one hand, and also provide a useful feedback for further collaboration in joint research on the other, hopefully encouraging new research and academic cooperation within the group.

Preliminary results of this project were already presented in the DSS Streams of the 2009 – EURO XXIII Conference in Bonn and of the 2010 – EURO XXIV Conference in Lisbon.


The presentation below, entitled: “A Collaboration Network for the EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems”, was given as an invited talk on 17.11.2009 by Fátima Dargam at the Statistics and Operations Research Department of the University of Graz in Austria.

3 Responses to Collab-Net

  1. ewgdss says:

    The post “Towards a Collaboration Network for the EWG-DSS” of 21.01.2010 shows the presentation and the paper that describe the current (1st Version) of this project.


  2. In the EURO XXIII Conference in Bonn, July 5-8,2009, we present some results of the EWG-DSS Social-Academic Network, based on input data from 70 members of the group, including 1350 publications (from 1989 to 2008) within 34 topics of research areas around our main common area of decision making. A preliminary written report will also be available after the conference. If you are interested in it, get in touch with us for a copy.
    Better would be to talk to you personally in Bonn about it, of course!
    Best wishes, Fatima.

  3. ewgdss says:

    Dear EWG-DSS Members!

    To carry on the work on the academic-social-net for the group, we need your help! We need some information, concerning research areas and main publications of the involved agents, to be provided by the group members. Hence, we kindly request that ALL the members of the EWG-DSS group (YOU nclusive!) provide us with some relevant information,concerning a list of main publications (since 1989). Please reply to us (here or via e-mail to, with C.c. to, including the requested information. In turn, we will keep you informed about the status of this project as time goes by.

    As you can see, your participation is of vital importance for the success
    of this work!

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