A Disciplinary Analysis of Internet Science

  • Clare J. Hooper
  • Bruna Neves
  • Georgeta Bordea
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9089)


Internet Science is an interdisciplinary field. Motivated by the unforeseen scale and impact of the Internet, it addresses Internet-related research questions in a holistic manner, incorporating epistemologies from a broad set of disciplines. Nonetheless, there is little empirical evidence of the levels of disciplinary representation within this field.

This paper describes an analysis of the presence of different disciplines in Internet Science based on techniques from Natural Language Processing and network analysis. Key terms from Internet Science are identified, as are nine application contexts. The results are compared with a disciplinary analysis of Web Science, showing a surprisingly low amount of overlap between these two related fields. A practical use of the results within Internet Science is described. Finally, next steps are presented that will consolidate the analysis regarding representation of less technologically-oriented disciplines within Internet Science.


Internet Science Disciplinary analysis Interdisciplinarity Bibliometrics Natural language processing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clare J. Hooper
    • 1
  • Bruna Neves
    • 1
  • Georgeta Bordea
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Southampton IT Innovation CentreSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Insight, National University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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