6 Nov 2006

Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study

Steve Lohr reports in The New York Times on plans of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southampton in Britain to announce start a joint research program in Web science:

"Web science (...) has social and engineering dimensions. It extends well beyond traditional computer science (...) to include the emerging research in social networks and the social sciences that is being used to study how people behave on the Web. And Web science (...) shifts the center of gravity in engineering research from how a single computer works to how huge decentralized Web systems work."

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