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Text-Mining Content Contributions to the NETmundial

Text-Mining content contributions to the NETmundial in the scope of a new research project with DiploFoundationAssociation for Progressive Communications, and FGV Direito Rio, sponsored by IDRCPreliminary results were presented today (Sep 1) at the IGF2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

NETmundial, held in Sao Paolo, 23-24 April 2014, was a true multistakeholder process in the Internet Governance arena. Its final outcome document, the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement, is a product of a complex decision-making and decision-shaping process. During this process, and attempt to integrate more than 180 written content contributions, comments made in-situ, as well as online comments, was undertaken. The multistakeholder production process of the final outcome document is the first of its kind, and in this sense especially NETmundial presents a remarkable experiment in global governance.

The figure above presents the top 15 most frequently used words and phrases from the IG terminological model being developed for the project. Some associations between key concepts are also presented. The model is not fully developed yet (it currently encompasses more than 5,000 IG words and phrases), so this preliminary results will be subject to change. The project text-mining platform is being developed in R, relying on several packages for data analysis and visualization, and most notably using and extending the functionality of tm().

Besides text-mining, the research methodology to study the NETmundial multistakeholder process encompasses an online survey, F2F interviews, and various forms of qualitative analyses.

Project team: Marilia Maciel, Ginger Paque, Anriette Esterhuysen, Valeria Betancourt, Deirdre Williams, Deborah Brown, Vladimir Radunović, Renato Leite, Goran S. Milovanović.



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