- The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- Notes on the Contributors
- Internet Studies: The Foundations of a Transformative Field
- The Prehistory of the Internet and its Traces in the Present: Implications for Defining the Field
- Web Science
- Society on the Web
- The Internet as Infrastructure
- Network Societies and Internet Studies: Rethinking Time, Space, and Class
- Digital Inequality
- Sociality Through Social Network Sites
- The Study of Online Relationships and Dating
- Games, Online and off
- Cross-National Comparative Perspectives from the World Internet Project
- New Businesses and New Business Models
- Trust in Commercial and Personal Transactions in the Digital Age
- Government and the Internet: Evolving Technologies, Enduring Research Themes
- Digital Transformations of Scholarship and Knowledge
- Studies of the Internet in Learning and Education: Broadening the Disciplinary Landscape of Research
- Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of Communication and the Internet
- Tradition and Transformation in Online News Production and Consumption
- The Internet in Campaigns and Elections
- The Internet and Democracy
- Analyzing Freedom of Expression Online: Theoretical, Empirical, and Normative Contributions
- Cultural, Legal, Technical, and Economic Perspectives on Copyright Online: The Case of the Music Industry
- Privacy and Surveillance: The Multidisciplinary Literature on the Capture, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Information in Cyberspace
- Digital Infrastructures, Economies, and Public Policies: Contending Rationales and Outcome Assessment Strategies
- The Internet and Development: A Critical Perspective
- The Emerging Field of Internet Governance
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Kieron O’Harais a senior research fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK.
Wendy Hall , DBE, FRS, FREng is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences. She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science from 2002–07.
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