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Subject analysis of LIS data archived in a Figshare using co-occurrence analysis

Jane Cho (Department of Library and Information Science, Institute of Social Science, Incheon National University, Incheon, Republic of Korea)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 2 October 2018

Issue publication date: 2 April 2019



Based on the data from Figshare repositories, the purpose of this paper is to analyze which research data are actively produced and shared in the interdisciplinary field of library and information science (LIS).


Co-occurrence analysis was performed on keywords assigned to research data in the field of LIS, which were archived in the Figshare repository. By analyzing the keyword network using the pathfinder algorithm, the study identifies key areas where data production is actively conducted in LIS, and examines how these results differ from the conventional intellectual structure of LIS based on co-citation or bibliographic coupling analysis.


Four major domains – Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Data Science and Informatics – and 15 sub-domains were created. The keywords with the highest global influence appeared as follows, in descending order: “open access,” “scholarly communication” and “altmetrics.”


This is the first study to understand the key areas that actively produce and utilize data in the LIS field.



Cho, J. (2019), "Subject analysis of LIS data archived in a Figshare using co-occurrence analysis", Online Information Review, Vol. 43 No. 2, pp. 256-264.



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