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A Framework for Web Science

Berners-Lee, Tim, Hall, Wendy, Hendler, James A., O'Hara, Kieron, Shadbolt, Nigel and Weitzner, Daniel J. (2006) A Framework for Web Science Foundations and Trends in Web Science, 1, (1), pp. 1-130.

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This text sets out a series of approaches to the analysis and synthesis of the World Wide Web, and other web-like information structures. A comprehensive set of research questions is outlined, together with a sub-disciplinary breakdown, emphasising the multi-faceted nature of the Web, and the multi-disciplinary nature of its study and development. These questions and approaches together set out an agenda for Web Science, the science of decentralised information systems. Web Science is required both as a way to understand the Web, and as a way to focus its development on key communicational and representational requirements. The text surveys central engineering issues, such as the development of the Semantic Web, Web services and P2P. Analytic approaches to discover the Web’s topology, or its graph-like structures, are examined. Finally, the Web as a technology is essentially socially embedded; therefore various issues and requirements for Web use and governance are also reviewed.

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Published date: 2006
Additional Information: A printed and bound version of this article is available at a 50% discount from Now Publishers. This can be obtained by entering the promotional code WEB001001 on the order form at now publishers. You will then pay only $45.00 including postage.
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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Date deposited: 29 Jan 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:46

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Author: Tim Berners-Lee
Author: Wendy Hall ORCID iD
Author: James A. Hendler
Author: Kieron O'Hara
Author: Nigel Shadbolt
Author: Daniel J. Weitzner

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