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Designing a scientific social network site based on a conceptual methodology

Mina Serajian (Computer and Information Technology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran)
Babak Akhgar (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organized Crime Research (CENTRIC), Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield, UK)

Journal of Systems and Information Technology

ISSN: 1328-7265

Article publication date: 11 November 2013




There exist large gaps in research about social networking services, for example in their development. Most of these networks lack any scientific or engineered base in their designing and developing processes. In this paper, a holistic model will be described for the development of social network sites and parts of a scientific social network (SSN) will be developed using it. Users of this site are faculties, students and R&D personnel of a university or an enterprise. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


In this paper, a SSN site is designed along with a brief description of a social network site development methodology. The structure of methodology is based on conceptual template for the construction of a methodology. Using this methodology, a group of 50 users (from all three types of end-users) have been chosen to be interviewed about their expectations from the mentioned site.


Based on the interview, it was discovered that their view about social networks is inflexible and they do not have any new visions about functionalities of these networks. Their emphasis was mostly on exchanging and sharing role of this site. Design and development of social network sites based on the proposed methodology is easily understandable because of using state machine notations.


The innovation of this study is to propose a soft model for social network sites design based on these site's special specifications and regarding differences of them with other regular ones. This can pave the way for investors of such sites for setting up distinct social sites with new functionalities in an innovative approach.



Serajian, M. and Akhgar, B. (2013), "Designing a scientific social network site based on a conceptual methodology", Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 292-303.



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