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Digital Divides and Web Science

Digital Divides and Web Science
Digital Divides and Web Science
The complexity of the digital divide is described, and it is argued that in fact there are several divides, not a single one. Relevant parameters include the dimension along which the divide takes place, the function of the technology in question, and the nature of the technology in question. It is argued that only a highly multidisciplinary approach to social issues in the context of the World Wide Web, including both analysis of the Web and its social context, and the synthesis of new engineering protocols, formalisms and standards, will have any lasting effect on such phenomena. A recent initiative to create a discipline called Web Science, taking the Web as a first-order object of study, is described.
Web Science, digital divide
O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron (2007) Digital Divides and Web Science At Technologies, Contents and Services for Social Inclusion: Facing the Digital Divide and the Emergence of Ambient Assisted Living. 29 - 30 Oct 2007.

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Abstract

The complexity of the digital divide is described, and it is argued that in fact there are several divides, not a single one. Relevant parameters include the dimension along which the divide takes place, the function of the technology in question, and the nature of the technology in question. It is argued that only a highly multidisciplinary approach to social issues in the context of the World Wide Web, including both analysis of the Web and its social context, and the synthesis of new engineering protocols, formalisms and standards, will have any lasting effect on such phenomena. A recent initiative to create a discipline called Web Science, taking the Web as a first-order object of study, is described.

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Published date: 2007
Additional Information: Event Dates: 29-30 October 2007
Venue - Dates: Technologies, Contents and Services for Social Inclusion: Facing the Digital Divide and the Emergence of Ambient Assisted Living, 2007-10-29 - 2007-10-30
Keywords: Web Science, digital divide
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 271489
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/271489
PURE UUID: 76f506e2-3c1a-4d62-b71d-3dc04873d4b7

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Date deposited: 17 Aug 2010 14:23
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:42

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Author: Kieron O'Hara

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