Web Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Web

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Hendler, James A.
Shadbolt, Nigel
Hall, Wendy
Berners-Lee, Tim
Weitzner, Danny
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2008-07-01
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Hendler, J., Shadbolt, N., Hall, W., Berners-Lee, T., & Weitzner, D. (2008). Web science: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the web. Commun. ACM, 51(7), 60–69.
Abstract
Despite the web’s great success as a technology and the significant amount of computing infrastructure on which it is built, it remains, as an entity, surprisingly unstudied. Here, we look at some of the technical and social challenges that must be overcome to model the Web as a whole, keep it growing, and understand its continuing social impact. A systems approach, in the sense of “systems biology,” is needed if we are to be able to understand and engineer the future Web.
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