How hot is .brussels?

Analysis of the uptake of the .brussels top-level domain name extension

The team

The Master en Sciences et Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (MaSTIC) offers a highly specialised two-year programme for those wishing to explore a career on the crossroads of Information Technology and the Humanities. Founded in 1977, the MaSTIC is currently the only academic master in Belgium inscribing itself within the anglo-saxon iSchool spirit, which has brought the traditional Information, Library and Archival Science field into the 21st century. The programme offers a balanced blend of IT courses (programming, database engineering) and specific classes focussing on information and document management (Information Architecture, Data Visualisation, Knowledge Management, Metadata and Semantics, Document and Records Management, etc). All of the classes organised by MaSTIC are taught from 5 PM onwards or on Saturdays, to facilitate the participation of professionals who already have a part- or full-time job. The research group around the MaSTIC currently consists of one full-time professor, a post-doc and six PhD students.
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On Friday the 24th of June, MaSTIC organises a seminar on document and records management, with speakers from PwC, Iris and independent consultants who will give their strategic view of the market space. The seminar is followed by an informal cheese and wine event for all students, alumni and potentially interested students. It’s the best way to discover our program, so don’t hesitate to come along! You can find the registration form here.

Margot Waty holds an MSc in Information Science and Technologies from the Université libre de Bruxelles. During her studies, she had the chance to get a glimpse at the inner workings of the Internet, through her internship at, Belgium's national registrar network. In her master's dissertation, she describes the different usages of domain names and the impact of the recent systemic changes on the various actors involved.
Overview of publications: DI-fusion.

Seth van Hooland is an associate professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he leads the Master in Information Science. It is his goal to bridge the gap between domains (Document and Records Management, Open and Linked Data, Digital Humanities), practices (manual and automated metadata creation, data cleaning and enrichment) and communities (academia, industry, activists and practitioners) in order to make electronic resources as accessible as possible in a sustainable manner. Over the years, van Hooland has also been affiliated with the Carlos III Universidad (Madrid) and the University of Washington (Seattle)
Overview of publications: DI-fusion, Google Scholar.

Simon Hengchen is a PhD candidate at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), from where he holds an MA in germanic linguistics and an MSc in Information Science and Technologies. His research focuses on the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods in historical, multilingual and unstructured text. Last year, Simon was a CENDARI fellow at the Trinity College Dublin.
Homepage, overview of publications: DI-fusion, Google Scholar.

Mathias Coeckelbergs is a PhD candidate at the Information Science department of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He holds degrees in computer science, semitic linguistics, theology and philosophy. His research revolves around the application of Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to historical texts and archives.
Overview of publications: DI-fusion

Max De Wilde holds a PhD in Information and Communication from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), on top of two Masters in Linguistics (ULB) and Computational Linguistics (University of Antwerp). After seven years as a research assistant for the Master in Information Science, he now teaches Natural Language Processing to Master-grade students and works as a data analytics consultant for the European Commission. His research interests include information extraction in a multilingual context, data science and knowledge engineering. For an overview of his publications, see DI-fusion or Google Scholar.