Web Science

Kieron O'Hara and Wendy Hall

in The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589074
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Web Science

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This chapter introduces the important technologies and protocols that make up the Web and the social regularities that have helped it flourish. Next, it investigates the foundational assumptions of Web Science. An example that illustrates the role of Web Science in the development of a Web of Linked Data is reported. Web Science, which can help determine which practices and conventions are important, and how they associate to people's willingness to behave in a cooperative fashion, must be related with topography and also the dynamics of the Web. It also needs to take into account the variance of scale between intervention and outcome. Linking data permits the development of an extremely rich context for an inquiry. In general, the aim of Web Science is to develop a research and engineering community within which diverse methods of analysis and synthesis are routinely incorporated.

Keywords: technologies; protocols; Web Science; social regularities; Linked Data; topography; engineering community

Article.  9983 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Ethics ; Knowledge Management

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