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The Metadata is the Message

The Metadata is the Message
The Metadata is the Message
The question "What is Web Science" is still frequently asked - even by authors of papers about Web Science. In this position paper we consider what part of the Web Science cycle makes this cycle emblematically "Web Science" rather than another form of either Law and Technology or Sociology and Technology or Computer Science and HCI. Based on our research developing and evaluating Semantic Web / Web 2.0 applications, and observations of current practice, we suggest that the particularity of Web Science is strongly correlated to a focus on human repurposing of particular Web technologies to support ever more rapid types of increased social contact. Based on this analysis, we ask how Web Science may help understand and shape this phenomenon, and what the implications may be for embracing this focus as a necessary criteria for assessing Web Science relevance of research work.
André, Paul
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schraefel, mc
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Wilson, Max L.
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Smith, Daniel A.
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André, Paul
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schraefel, mc
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Wilson, Max L.
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Smith, Daniel A.
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André, Paul, schraefel, mc, Wilson, Max L. and Smith, Daniel A. (2008) The Metadata is the Message. At Web Science Workshop at WWW'08 Web Science Workshop at WWW'08.

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The question "What is Web Science" is still frequently asked - even by authors of papers about Web Science. In this position paper we consider what part of the Web Science cycle makes this cycle emblematically "Web Science" rather than another form of either Law and Technology or Sociology and Technology or Computer Science and HCI. Based on our research developing and evaluating Semantic Web / Web 2.0 applications, and observations of current practice, we suggest that the particularity of Web Science is strongly correlated to a focus on human repurposing of particular Web technologies to support ever more rapid types of increased social contact. Based on this analysis, we ask how Web Science may help understand and shape this phenomenon, and what the implications may be for embracing this focus as a necessary criteria for assessing Web Science relevance of research work.

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Submitted date: February 2008
Venue - Dates: Web Science Workshop at WWW'08, 0000-02-01
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265186
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Date deposited: 20 Feb 2008 15:06
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:28

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