The Affinity Map is a visualization method, which was developed to show the hidden dynamics that exist within large organizations. In the present case study, the map shows the effective collaboration practices and the potential affinities between the laboratories of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL.
The Affinity Map is a tool to investigate interactions within ENAC in terms of joint teaching activities, co-supervision responsibilities, and co-authored publications. The affinities are displayed at two levels, showing collaborations between laboratories, as well as revealing academic activities shared between individuals within one research group.
About the project
The ENAC Affinity Map project was launched and promoted by the Dean of ENAC, Prof. Marilyne Andersen. The current design was at the core of a PhD thesis conducted by Dario Rodighiero within the domain of Digital Humanities. His doctoral and postdoctoral research is supervised by Prof. Frédéric Kaplan (DHLAB at EPFL) and Prof. Boris Beaude (ISS at UNIL).
- Mapping Affinities in Academic Organizations, peer-reviewed article, Frontiers Journal
- Mapping affinities: visualizing academic practice through collaboration, PhD thesis (2018)