Web science

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Web science is an emerging interdisciplinary field concerned with the study of large-scale socio-technical systems, such as the World Wide Web.[1][2] 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 combines research from disciplines as diverse as sociology, computer science, economics, and mathematics.[3]

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.[4]

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."[5]

Research groups[edit]

There are numerous academic research groups engaged in Web Science research,[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] 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.[14][15][16][17]

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  1. ^ Berners-Lee, T.; Hall, W.; Hendler, J.; Shadbolt, N.; Weitzner, D. (2006). "Computer Science: Enhanced: Creating a Science of the Web". Science. 313 (5788): 769–771. doi:10.1126/science.1126902. PMID 16902115. 
  2. ^ Hendler, Jim; Shadbolt, Nigel; Hall, Wendy; Berners-Lee, Tim; Weitzner, Daniel (2008). "Web science: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the web" (PDF). Communications of the ACM. 51 (7). doi:10.1145/1364782.1364798. 
  3. ^ Why do we need web science research
  4. ^ Shneiderman, Ben (2007). "Web science". Communications of the ACM. 50 (6): 25. doi:10.1145/1247001.1247022. 
  5. ^ http://www.southampton.ac.uk/wsi/about/what_is_web_science.page? Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  6. ^ http://tw.rpi.edu/web/wsrc Web Science Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  7. ^ http://eng.webst.kaist.ac.kr/ Division of Web Science and Technology, KAIST, Korea
  8. ^ Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz-Landau
  9. ^ E-Business and Web Science Research Group at Bundeswehr University Munich
  10. ^ The Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton
  11. ^ The Web Sciences Masters program at the Johannes Kepler University Linz
  12. ^ Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
  13. ^ The Interdisciplinary Research Unit in Web Science at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut
  14. ^ http://www.websci11.org/workshops/health-web-science-workshop/>
  15. ^ http://www.websci12.org/workshops/health-web-science-workshop
  16. ^ http://www.jmir.org/2013/8/e166/
  17. ^ "Health Web Science". Foundations and Trends in Web Science. 4: 269–419. doi:10.1561/1800000019. 

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