Web science

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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 [1] 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 a term that refers to processing the information available on the web in similar terms to those applied to natural environment.[2]

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There are numerous academic research groups engaged in Web Science research,[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] many of which are members of WSTNet, the Web Science Trust Network of research labs.

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  1. ^ James Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt, Wendy Hall, Tim Berners-Lee, and Daniel Weitzner. 2008. Web science: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the web. Commun. ACM 51, 7 (July 2008), 60-69. DOI=10.1145/1364782.1364798 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1364782.1364798
  2. ^ Ben Shneiderman. 2007. Web science: a provocative invitation to computer science. Commun. ACM 50, 6 (June 2007), 25-27. DOI=10.1145/1247001.1247022 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1247001.1247022
  3. ^ http://tw.rpi.edu/web/wsrc Web Science Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  4. ^ http://eng.webst.kaist.ac.kr/ Division of Web Science and Technology, KAIST, Korea
  5. ^ Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz-Landau
  6. ^ E-Business and Web Science Research Group at Bundeswehr University Munich
  7. ^ The Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton
  8. ^ The Web Sciences Masters program at the Johannes Kepler University Linz
  9. ^ Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
  10. ^ The Interdisciplinary Research Unit in Web Science at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut

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