Mapping Communication Science with Living Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are an invaluable asset in communication science to bring work from different approaches (e.g., linguistics, political science, psychology) together. Such reviews, however, require a lot of work to be compiled and are quickly outdated. Unfortunately, there are no incentives or systems in place to keep them updated, which would also be a very difficult and time-consuming task given the narrative paper format in which they are published.
The concept and technology of nanopublications could help researchers with these problems. Nanopublications are a container format to publish scientific (and other) statements as small pieces of Linked Data. This project investigates whether nanopublications yield us with machine-interpretable, interoperable, and easily updatable literature reviews in communication science. To do so, we will develop a general model for literature reviews in communication science, and then apply it on a concrete case from an existing literature review. We will thereby demonstrate how this allows for literature reviews that are “living” in the sense that they can be kept up-to-date in a manner that is user-friendly, open, and provenance-aware.

Supervisors: Tobias Kuhn & Mickey Steijaert