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What is this Course about?
The World Wide Web has changed the world. It has changed the ways we communicate, collaborate, and educate. We increasingly live in a Web-dependent society in a Web-dependent world. The Web is also the largest human information construct and it is growing faster than any other system.
However, it is a striking fact that there is no systematic discipline to study the Web.
We need to understand the current, evolving, and potential Web but at the moment we have no means of predicting the impact that future developments in the Web will have on society or business.
Web Science aims to anticipate these impacts.
It is the study of the social behaviours in the Web at the inter-person, inter-organizational and societal level, the technologies that enable and support this behaviour, and the interactions between these technologies and behaviours.
Having successfully completed this Course, you will:
have knowledge and understanding of the Web as a socio-technical phenomenon;
be able to discuss the evolution of the Web.
have an awareness of current and emerging research questions for Web Science;
have an appreciation of the range of disciplines, research methods and theoretical approaches required to analyse, critique and develop the Web.
Structure of this Course
Over the course of the next six weeks we will explore the Web and its socio-technical construction through a number of different themes.
In the remainder of this week we will look at the pre-history of the Web, examine the process that led to the emergence of the Web from the physics laboratories at CERN and think about the process at play in the construction of the diverse Web that we have now.
Here we will introduce the idea of networks which turn out to provide us with powerful mechanisms for thinking about the Web and analysing it.
In the third week we will explore the relationship between the Web and crime. As more of our lives are lived on, or intersect with the Web, understanding cybersecurity and cybercrime become of increasing importance.
In week four we turn our attention to the role of the Web in democracy. We will look at how governments are looking to the Web and open data to promote increased transparency and innovation, and how activists are utilising the Web in their political activism.
In the penultimate week we will examine how the Web has impacted on business. The emerging digital economy and the increased availability of ‘big data’ is changing the way that we do business and providing new opportunities and threats.
Our final week will look toward the future of the Web. You will have an opportunity to reflect on what you have learnt during the course in an end of course test.