Our work at the Digital Space Lab is based on an innovative research methodology created by chief analyst Harald Meier at the University of Münster, GERMANY. The original project focuses on the analysis of underlying spatial configurations of hyperlink networks.

In a case study the online networks of 367 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were analyzed with datasets from 2010, 2012 and 2014. The results can be viewed here. Based on this work Harald initiated a research project at the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network called "Hyperlink Network Geographies" in 2014.

On October 30th, 2015, Harald received "The IMC Award for Outstanding Original Work" at Daegu Gyeongbuk International Social Network Conference 2015  in Daegu, South Korea. The conference expanded the Digital Space Lab network to a global level with great new expert connections to San Francisco, Tennessee, Boston, Delft, Seoul and Daegu.

  • Civil Society Networks: Social movements and NGOs
  • Social Media Networks: Twitter, Facebook, Flicker,...
  • Economic Networks: Industry analysis, production networks, value chains

Innovative Research


DISC 2015

Research Agenda