Bibliometric mapping of computer and information ethics

Richard Heersmink*, Jeroen van den Hoven, Nees Jan van Eck, Jan den van Berg

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This paper presents the first bibliometric mapping analysis of the field of computer and information ethics (C&IE). It provides a map of the relations between 400 key terms in the field. This term map can be used to get an overview of concepts and topics in the field and to identify relations between information and communication technology concepts on the one hand and ethical concepts on the other hand. To produce the term map, a data set of over thousand articles published in leading journals and conference proceedings in the C&IE field was constructed. With the help of various computer algorithms, key terms were identified in the titles and abstracts of the articles and co-occurrence frequencies of these key terms were calculated. Based on the co-occurrence frequencies, the term map was constructed. This was done using a computer program called VOSviewer. The term map provides a visual representation of the C&IE field and, more specifically, of the organization of the field around three main concepts, namely privacy, ethics, and the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-249
Number of pages9
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

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  • bibliometric mapping
  • computer and information ethics
  • term map
  • VOSviewer

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    Heersmink, R., van den Hoven, J., van Eck, N. J., & van Berg, J. D. (2011). Bibliometric mapping of computer and information ethics. Ethics and Information Technology, 13(3), 241-249.