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New publications by SMIT researchers (October 2022 – December 2022)

Between October 2022 and December 2022, imec-SMIT, VUB researchers have published several scientific articles. Read here the summary of these articles.


Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap

Kevin Smets and Tim Raats were guest editors of ‘Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap’s 50th Volume (issue 4). This issue contains contributions of:


Journal of Business Models

Ruben d’Hauwers, Nils Walravens and Pieter Ballon wrote a chapter titled ‘Data Ecosystem Business Models: Value and control in Data Ecosystems’. Organizations evolve from using and governing data internally towards the exchange of data in multi-organizational data ecosystems. The purpose of their research is to determine a business model framework for actors operating in and/or entering a data ecosystem through a literature review and a multiple case study analysis in smart city use cases. They found that the business models of actors in data ecosystems is determined by value and control parameters. Value is determined by the capability to create value through the exchange of data in the ecosystem, and to capture value through revenue (sharing) models and cost (sharing) models. Control is determined by ecosystem control. Governance models on the ecosystem level are required to enable the collaboration and to ensure trust to allow for the willingness to share data. Additionally, data governance on an ecosystem level is required, enabling the data exchange between the actors.


International Journal of Cultural Policy

In her latest publication ‘The end of an era? The decrease of the EU influence in Ibero-American digital media policy discourses’, Marina Rossato Fernandes analyses the decreasing influence of the EU on Ibero-American digital media policy discourses. The study uses discursive media institutionalism and policy entrepreneur theory to assess whether the current discourse on digital media policies is largely history repeating itself or if new ideas are being introduced.


Observatorio (*OBS)

Heritiana Ranaivoson and Pinar Dündar wrote the paper ‘Science by YouTube: an Analysis of YouTube’s Recommendations on the Climate Change Issue’ that addresses the role of YouTube’s recommendation system in science communication to assess whether the system is creating filter bubbles on the climate change issue. It finds that YouTube can lead to the creation of filter bubbles where users do not have access to all relevant scientific information.


Journal of Digital Media and Policy

In the article ‘Platforms, people and politics: The challenges for public service media in Ireland’, Tim Raats, Karen Donders and Phil Ramsey discuss the fundamental challenges facing public service media in Ireland, and which challenges are characteristic for many other public broadcasters in Europe. The authors demonstrate how decreased funding also inhibits the fundamental need for RTÉ to become fully digital. The research is based on document analysis and interviews with key stakeholders in Ireland.


Media & Jornalismo

In their latest publication ‘News and content analytics in the 21st century: a structured literature review’, Jonathan Hendrickx and Michael Pakvis operationalized a structured literature review and evaluated 2909 article summaries in English, published between 2001 and 2020, that use news content analysis. The article is a contribution to Media & Journalismo’s 20-year anniversary special issue.


Brieven aan de Slimme Stad

Op 24 november 2022 werd Annelien Smets door De Republiek Brugge uitgenodigd om een brief te schrijven aan de slimme stad. In het kader van het net gelanceerde SBO project Serendipity Engine, stelde ze zich in de brief de vraag “wat met serendipiteit in de slimme stad?”. De volledige brief is hier te lezen.


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