Analysing an Academic Field through the Lenses of Internet Science: Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community
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- Salah A.A.A., Scharnhorst A., Wyatt S. (2015) Analysing an Academic Field through the Lenses of Internet Science: Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community. In: Tiropanis T., Vakali A., Sartori L., Burnap P. (eds) Internet Science. INSCI 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9089. Springer, Cham
Digital Humanities (DH) has been depicted as an innovative engine for humanities, as a challenge for Data Science, and as an area where libraries, archives and providers of e-research infrastructures join forces with research pioneers. However DH is defined, one thing is certain: DH is a new community which manifests and identifies itself via the Internet and social media. In this paper we propose to describe DH as a virtual community (VC), and discuss the implications of such an epistemic approach. We start with a (re)inspection of the scholarly discourse about VCs, and the analytic frameworks which have been applied to study them. We discuss the aspects that are highlighted by taking such a stance, and use the guidelines proposed by the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) in our investigation.
KeywordsVirtual communities Emergence of new scientific fields Network analysis Digital humanities Bibliometrics
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