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A Framework for Web Science

Berners-Lee, Prof Tim and Hall, Prof Wendy and Hendler, Prof James A. and O'Hara, Dr Kieron and Shadbolt, Prof Nigel and Weitzner, Prof Daniel J. (2006) A Framework for Web Science. Foundations and Trends in Web Science 1(1):pp. 1-130.

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This paper sets out a series of approaches to the analysis and synthesis of the World Wide Web, and other web-like information structures. A comprehensive set of research questions is outlined, together with a sub-disciplinary breakdown, emphasising the multi-faceted nature of the Web, and the multi-disciplinary nature of its study and development. These questions and approaches together set out an agenda for Web Science, the science of decentralised information systems. Web Science is required both as a way to understand the Web, and as a way to focus its development on key communicational and representational requirements. The paper surveys central engineering issues, such as the development of the Semantic Web, Web services and P2P. Analytic approaches to discover the Web’s topology, or its graph-like structures, are examined. Finally, the Web as a technology is essentially socially embedded; therefore various issues and requirements for Web use and governance are also reviewed.

Keywords:Web Science, Semantic Web, Trust, Social issues, Web governance, Web topology, Web architecture
Subjects:AKT Challenges > Knowledge reuse
AKT Challenges > Knowledge retrieval
AKT Challenges > Knowledge acquisition
AKT Challenges > Knowledge publishing
AKT Challenges > Knowledge modelling
AKT Challenges > Knowledge maintenance
ID Code:594
Deposited By:O'Hara, Dr Kieron
Deposited On:08 March 2007
Alternative Locations:http://www.nowpublishers.com/product.aspx?product=WEB&doi=1800000001

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