Proceedings of the AoIR-ASIST 2004 Workshop on Web Science Research Methods
The web as a mirror of scientific and technical achievements: Issues in access and measurement
Pre-conference workshop: Association of Internet Researchers conference: Brighton, UK: Sunday 19 September 2004
Scope and objectives
The web has changed the way in which many researchers conduct research, communicate their findings and share data. In some research fields, such as high-energy physics, online posting of preprints is standard practice. In others, such as astronomy, the maintenance of large shared online data banks is common, fundamentally changing the way in which scientists operate. Other changes are less dramatic, but more universal, such as the widespread creation of public home pages for individual researchers and research groups. There is a need for assessing the impact of the myriad web uses and for the identification of the potential and actual impact of the web.
This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss quantitative and qualitative approaches for studying academic web use. The themes of the workshop will be:
The two keynote talks for this workshop both cross the qualitative-quantitative divide and should provide food for thought for all workshop attendees.
Michael Nentwich, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is the author of the already classic book, "Cyberscience. Research in the Age of the Internet", which is an essential reference work for anyone researching how the Internet is used by academics and scientists. His talk will cover issues raised in his book as well as quality control in academia in the age of the Internet.
Lennart Björneborn, from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark, has recently completed a groundbreaking PhD, developing a library and information science approach for studing small-world phenomena on the web. His talk will show how interesting structure in academic webs can be identified and investigated. Of particular interest are links that cross topic boundaries, turning the web into a small world, where there are short link paths between many pairs of web pages.
Presentations: Qualitative - Theoretical
Presentations: Qualitative - Methodological
Presentations: Quantitative - Statistical
A key objective is to get cross-fertilization between the different research traditions.
9am-10.20 Keynote talks
Keynote talk 1: Michael Nentwich: Qualitative Aspects of Quantitative Measurements in the Age of Cyberscience
Keynote talk 2: Lennart Björneborn: Small-world connectors across academic web spaces
10.20 – 10.40
Coffee and biscuits
10.40 – 12: Short presentations