Looking into international research groups’ digital discursive practices: Criteria and methodological steps taken towards the compilation of the EUROPRO digital corpus
The EUROPRO digital corpus was designed by the InterGedi research group, based at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). The main focus of InterGedi is the analysis of the textual resources used by international research groups as part of their dissemination and visibility strategies. The corpus comprises a collection of 30 international research project websites funded by the European Horizon2020 Programme (EUROPROwebs corpus). By looking into their websites, 20 projects were observed to maintain a Twitter account and the tweets from these accounts were the basis for the compilation of the EUROPROtweets corpus. This paper delves into the criteria used for the selection of the research project websites and the methodological steps taken to classify, label and tag the verbal component in these websites and tweets. The paper discusses the challenges in the compilation of the corpus because of the dynamic, hypermodal, and hypermedial nature of the digital texts it contains. The paper closes by underlining the potential uses and applications of EUROPRO in order to gain insights into the digital discursive and professional practices used by international research groups to foster their visibility online.
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