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(Re)integrating the Web: beyond ‘socio-technical’

Tinati, Ramine, Carr, Leslie, Halford, Susan and Pope, Catherine (2014) (Re)integrating the Web: beyond ‘socio-technical’ At International World Wide Web Conference (WWW'14), Korea, Republic of. 13 - 17 Apr 2014. 2 pp.

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In this paper we present a socio-technical framework for understanding the Web, which attempts to re-integrate the micro perspective of engineered activity with the macro perspective of emergent global phenomena. Our conceptualization of the Web’s growth is grounded in a social theoretical approach to the interactions between humans and technologies and draws upon a three year study of Open Government Data as an emerging Web activity. The study, which has been conducted using a mixed methods approach to explore Web data, reveals a number of elements shaping the growth of this particular area of Web activity. Abstracting these elements, we have constructed an alternative paradigm to the popular micro-to-macro understanding of the Web’s evolution (build in lab, release to the public). The new paradigm presented in this paper argues that the Web grows through continuously emergent interactions, phases, and re-configurations. This transcends the separation of micro from macro in previous models and redefines the boundaries of what constitutes the Web, as a highly coupled social and technical phenomenon.

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Published date: 11 April 2014
Venue - Dates: International World Wide Web Conference (WWW'14), Korea, Republic of, 2014-04-13 - 2014-04-17
Keywords: web science, social theory, web engineering, social machines
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 363637
PURE UUID: b6d14ed5-b6cc-4178-b4b8-28741c20bfab
ORCID for Leslie Carr: ORCID iD
ORCID for Catherine Pope: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 27 Mar 2014 16:30
Last modified: 14 Oct 2017 07:25

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Author: Ramine Tinati
Author: Leslie Carr ORCID iD
Author: Susan Halford
Author: Catherine Pope ORCID iD

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