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The Diversity of UK Research and Knowledge

The UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), for the first time, evidenced the economic and societal impact of university research through a total of 6,975 case studies. This Digital Research Report on ‘The Diversity of UK Research and Knowledge’ introduces this dataset and contains visualisations of the knowledge networks underpinning the impact of UK university research.

REF2014 Case Study Similarity Network

This interactive visualisation of the REF2014 impact case studies is a key exhibit in the Digital Research Report. Each case study is a node in the network. The links between case studies represent the similarity of text describing the background research. You can zoom in to explore clusters of related content.

Click on individual case study nodes to reveal case study titles and links to the full text. The menu in the top right corner allows selection of individual REF subject area panels to which the case studies were submitted. Colours indicate which panel they are:

  • Green: Biomedical sciences
  • Red: physical sciences and engineering
  • Blue: social sciences
  • Yellow: arts and humanities
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