Web science is the study of large-scale socio-technical systems, such as the World Wide Web. It considers the relationship between people and technology, the ways that society and technology co-constitute one another and the impact of this co-constitution on broader society. Web Science is inherently interdisciplinary and combines research from disciplines as diverse as sociology, computer science, economics and mathematics.
An earlier definition was given by American computer scientist Ben Shneiderman: "Web Science" is the processing the information available on the web in similar terms to those applied to natural environment.
The Web Science Institute describes Web Science as focusing "the analytical power of researchers from disciplines as diverse as mathematics, sociology, economics, psychology, law and computer science to understand and explain the Web. It is necessarily interdisciplinary - as much about social and organizational behaviour as about the underpinning technology."
There are numerous academic research groups engaged in Web Science research, many of which are members of WSTNet, the Web Science Trust Network of research labs. Health Web Science emerged as a sub-discipline of Web Science that studies the role of the Web's impact human health outcomes and how to further utilize the Web to improve health outcomes.
Related major conferences
- ACM Web Science Conference
- International World Wide Web Conference (WWW)
- International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)
- The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
- Web Science Trust
- Health Web Science
- Sociology of the Internet
- Digital sociology
- Digital anthropology
- Technology and society
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- Why do we need web science research
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- http://www.southampton.ac.uk/wsi/about/what_is_web_science.page? Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- http://tw.rpi.edu/web/wsrc Web Science Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
- http://eng.webst.kaist.ac.kr/ Division of Web Science and Technology, KAIST, Korea
- Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz-Landau
- E-Business and Web Science Research Group at Bundeswehr University Munich
- The Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton
- The Web Sciences Masters program at the Johannes Kepler University Linz
- Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
- The Interdisciplinary Research Unit in Web Science at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut
- A Framework for Web Science
- Talk on web science by W3C
- MSc on Web Science at Institute WeST, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
- MSc on Web Sciences divided into different branches of study at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
- MSc on Web Science and Big Data Analytics at University College London, UK
- What is Web Science? (Video clip) on YouTube
- The Web Science Education Workshop
- The Web Science Education Map
- Master's Programme WebScience at Cologne University of Applied Sciences
- The Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton