Conceptualising a Web of Linked Actors

Tinati, Ramine, Halford, Susan, Carr, Leslie and Pope, Catherine (2011) Conceptualising a Web of Linked Actors At ACM WebSci '11, Germany. 14 - 17 Jun 2011.


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Whilst it is widely understood that the Web is a socio-technical phenomenon – produced by both human and non-human actors – existing research tends to emphasize either the social or the technical rather than offering an integrative analytical framework. In contrast, this paper examines the affordances of Actor Network Theory (ANT) – derived from Social Science – in offering a better understanding of the Web as a socio-technical phenomenon. Our case study traces the evolution of the Linked Open Data Community (and specifically the Open Public Sector Community) which promises to shape the next iteration of the Web – the Semantic Web. The analysis highlights the formation of the network and relationships and interaction between important actors. We conclude with some remarks regarding possible disconnects within the network, and discuss the potential future usage of ANT as a framework to inform and analyse the Web as it evolves over time.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 14-17 June 2011
Venue - Dates: ACM WebSci '11, Germany, 2011-06-14 - 2011-06-17
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Electronics & Computer Science
ePrint ID: 272493
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June 2011Published
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2011 08:51
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:43
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