What is Web Science?

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Web Science is the study of the World Wide Web and its impact on both society and technology, positioning the Web as an object of scientific study unto itself. Web Science recognizes the Web as a transformational, disruptive technology; its practitioners study the Web, its components, facets and characteristics. Ultimately, Web Science is about understanding the Web and anticipating how it might evolve in the future.

NEW: On 19 Sep 2013 John Erickson presented the following Intro to Web Science talk as a guest lecture for RPI's ITWS 1101 class: