The first data source was a series of one-on-one systematic interviews conducted by the CIRAR
director with the 14 researchers (physicians, nurses, and researchers from public health and the social sciences) who were core members of the CIRAR
interdisciplinary research center.
Over time the density of connections within the disciplinary groups in CIRAR fluctuated.
For CIRAR the number of members is likely growing faster than the connections among members.
As an exploratory center funded by the NIH Roadmap, the ultimate goal for CIRAR is to establish an interdisciplinary research network aimed at reducing antibiotic resistance.
At the end of the first year, CIRAR team members on average were linked to three times as many people than at onset.
There was a steady rise in overall network complexity that reflected growth in multiple levels of associations among CIRAR team members.
Hence, on average, over time, those who join CIRAR are likely becoming increasingly linked into CIRAR related activities by interacting with other CIRAR members.
The average number of cliques to which a CIRAR member belonged at Time 1 was only 3.
The organizational complexity of CIRAR increased steadily over time, from 0.
The "worked with" network in CIRAR showed steady increase in network centralization, from 0.