MSc Web Science – Week 19

Reading/Sam Howzit © 2012/CC BY 2.0 This week’s readings: COMP6047 – Further Web Science Price, Vincent (2006) ‘Citizens Deliberating Online: Theory and Some Evidence’, in Todd Davies (ed.) Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. Wright, Scott and John Street (2007) ‘Democracy, deliberation and design: the case of online discussion forums’.Continue reading “MSc Web Science – Week 19”

5 interactions between the Web and Education that are changing the way we learn

Using MACs in the Computer Laboratory/University of Exeter ©2008/CC BY 2.0 The way we learn and the tools we use to extend our capacity for learning have always been closely interrelated. Over 2000 years ago wax tablets enabled learners to show their working, 500 years ago the introduction of movable type made books more accessible,Continue reading “5 interactions between the Web and Education that are changing the way we learn”

Encouraging a corporate open data culture

Introduction The Royal Society’s influential paper on the use and misuse of risk analysis asserts that “[a]ny corporation, public utility or government will react to criticism of its activities by seeking…new ways to further the acceptable image of their activities” (Pearce, Russell & Griffiths, 1981). In the past decade the timely availability of relevant dataContinue reading “Encouraging a corporate open data culture”

How does a ‘social science’ or ‘philosophy of science’ perspective on science and technology inform Web Science?

‘A Manifesto for Web Science” (Halford, Pope and Carr, 2010) defines the essential characteristics of this relatively new area of study; Web Science “must be a critical discipline” that “looks both ways to see how the web is made by humans and how humans are made by the web”. This broadly socio-technical approach is derivedContinue reading “How does a ‘social science’ or ‘philosophy of science’ perspective on science and technology inform Web Science?”

MSc Web Science – Week 18

Reading the paper [Albert Jone]/State Library of Victoria Collections © 2011/CC BY 2.0 It’s the first week of the new semester and the emerging theme is ‘reading’. Give or take a couple of titles, this is my weekend reading list: COMP6047 – Further Web Science Cabinet Office (2012) ‘Open Data: Releasing the Potential’, White Paper. Shadbolt,Continue reading “MSc Web Science – Week 18”