The workshop provides a focus for the emerging Web Observatory community to share tools, methods, results and experience in the development and deployment of Web Observatories – and to set the agenda for future work in the field.
Observing the Web
The Web operates at a very large scale and is dominated by emergent phenomena with radical innovations coming from and driven by its users, and in time scales that are faster than those exhibited by earlier computer-based systems. We are just beginning to understand how to conduct scientific research on the huge and constantly changing socio-technical system formed by the web and all the people and agents that use it. Scientific method begins with instrumentation and measurement to describe and characterize what is actually happening – that is, the construction and study of a Web Observatory. Only then can we begin to develop theories and abstractions that enable better design of future evolutions of the systems and quantitative predictions of their behaviour.
Workshop paper deadlines: March 1st 2013
Workshop paper notifications: March 13th 2013
Workshop paper final copy hard deadline: April 3rd 2013
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