Quotation Kirrane, Sabrina, Sabou, Marta, Fernández, Javier D., Osborne, Francesco, Robin, Cécile, Buitelaar, Paul, Motta, Enrico, Polleres, Axel. 2020. A decade of Semantic Web research through the lenses of a mixed methods approach. Semantic Web.




The identification of research topics and trends is an important scientometric activity, as it can help guide the direction of future research. In the Semantic Web area, initially topic and trend detection was primarily performed through qualitative, top-down style approaches, that rely on expert knowledge. More recently, data-driven, bottom-up approaches have been proposed that offer a quantitative analysis of the evolution of a research domain. In this paper, we aim to provide a broader and more complete picture of Semantic Web topics and trends by adopting a mixed methods methodology, which allows for the combined use of both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Concretely, we build on a qualitative analysis of the main seminal papers, which adopt a top-down approach, and on quantitative results derived with three bottom-up data-driven approaches (Rexplore, Saffron, PoolParty), on a corpus of Semantic Web papers published between 2006 and 2015. In this process, we both use the latter for “fact-checking” on the former and also to derive key findings in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of top-down and bottom up approaches to research topic identification. Although we provide a detailed study on the past decade of Semantic Web research, the findings and the methodology are relevant not only for our community but beyond the area of the Semantic Web to other research fields as well.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Semantic Web
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A
Language English
Title A decade of Semantic Web research through the lenses of a mixed methods approach
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL http://semantic-web-journal.net/content/decade-semantic-web-research-through-lenses-mixed-methods-approach-1#
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Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://semantic-web-journal.net/system/files/swj2242.pdf


Kirrane, Sabrina (Details)
Polleres, Axel (Details)
Buitelaar, Paul (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Fernández, Javier D. (F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland)
Motta, Enrico (The Open University, United Kingdom)
Osborne, Francesco (The Open University, United Kingdom)
Robin, Cécile (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Sabou, Marta (TU Wien, Austria)
Institute for Information Systems and New Media IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1108 Informatics (Details)
1109 Information and data processing (Details)
1122 Artificial intelligence (Details)
1138 Information systems (Details)
1146 Management information systems (Details)
5255 Data security and data privacy (Details)
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