“The World Wide Web has changed almost every aspect of modern life. It touches us all. The Web’s billions of pages, links and other resources comprise the largest information fabric in the history of humanity. Yet the Web is rarely approached as an object of scientific study. What processes have driven the Web’s growth, and will they persist? How does large-scale structure emerge from a simple set of protocols? How does the Web work as a socio-technical system? What drives the viral uptake of certain Web phenomena? Is the Web of Data a new phase in the evolution of the Web? What might fragment the Web? These and other questions form the foundation of the new field of Web Science.”
Prof. Nigel Shadbolt & Dame Wendy Hall DBE, University of Southampton
What is Web Science?
- 2 videos explaining Web Science (Dame W. Hall and Sir N. Shadbolt – Web Science Trust)
- 45 minutes video with Sir N. Shadbolt on Web Science
- Web Science readings: A collection of scientific papers on Web Science
- Web Science on the Royal Society Website