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: Many of our weekly TWed Talks and IDEA Talks discuss topics of interest to web science. Check out our archive of TWed videos on the TWC YouTube channel!


Learn about Web Science: Every Spring Term since 2014 John Erickson has done an introductory guest lecture for ITWS 1100 on Web Science. These are his most recent slides (Jan 2019):