Multidisciplinarity and its implications

A Web Science Perspective

The Web
‡ Micro scale
‡ of documents ‡ of links ‡ of data ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Macro scale of social activity of business activity of citizen activity

‡ Do we have what is needed to:
‡ Understand its evolution? ‡ Analyse its impact on human behaviour? ‡ Anticipate future developments?
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Web Science
‡ ‡ ‡ Studying the Web as Infrastructure Studying the Web as a phenomenon Interdisciplinary research methods
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Analyse the evolution of the Web Detect current trends Predict future developments Computational perspective Mathematical perspective Social science perspective Economic perspective Legal perspective


A research roadmap
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The cost of interdisciplinarity
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Resources to kick-start activities Resources to maintain momentum Peer review across disciplines PhD supervision and examination Benefits in the medium or longer term

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Web Science Trust (WST)
‡ WSTnet ‡ Curriculum Design ‡ ACM Web Science Conference

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Web Science DTC
‡ Recruiting up to 20 students per year ‡ PhD supervisors from different disciplines ‡ Disciplines currently represented:
o Computer

Science, Criminology, Law, Management, Humanities, Psychology, Social Statistics, Sociology

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WAIS - Web and Internet Science Group
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Web Science Semantic Web Linked data Social Web and virtual communities Knowledge Technologies Pervasive Web Trust and Provenance Multimedia Web Sensor Web Technology enhanced learning Web accessibility

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Draw from existing relevant work in the interdisciplinary area Identify the low-hanging fruit Curriculum design activity Identify initial project themes that will carry the work forward o People o Data o Infrastructures o Industrial liaison ‡ Anticipate growth of research area (new participations, variations of research themes, multiple conferences)

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Open Data Institute

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thank you
‡ Thanassis Tiropanis ‡

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