Social Web

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Description:

The social web is a set of social relations that link people through the World Wide Web. The Social web encompasses how websites and software are designed and developed in order to support and foster social interaction. These online social interactions form the basis of much online activity including online shopping, education, gaming and social networking websites. The social aspect of Web 2.0 communication has been to facilitate interaction between people with similar tastes. These tastes vary depending on who the target audience is, and what they are looking for. For individuals working in the public relation department, the job is consistently changing and the impact is coming from the social web.

As people's activities on the Web and communication increase, information about their social relationships become more available. Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, as well as the future Dataweb enable people and organizations to contact each other with persistent human-friendly names. Today hundreds of millions of Internet users are using thousands of social websites to stay connected with their friends, discover new friends, and to share user-created content, such as photos, videos, social bookmarks, and blogs, even through mobile platform support for cell phones. By the end quarter in 2008, Facebook reported 67 million members, MySpace occupied 100 million users, and YouTube had more than 100 million videos and 2.9 million user channels, and these numbers are consistently growing. The social Web is quickly reinventing itself, moving beyond simple web applications that connect individuals to become an entirely new way of life.
See Alsohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_web

Projects:
SPP Project LogoSocial Practices (SPP)
Principal Investigator: Jim Hendler
Description: The overall goal of this project is to explore and establish a better understanding of privacy in this highly-networked world. This page features the tools and workflow needed to accomplish such a task. We argue that while much has been written and discussed about privacy in various domains (e.g., law, psychology, economic behavior, security, etc.), it remains unclear what exactly is the privacy problem? Our aim is to reframe our own understanding of privacy by moving away from these traditional disjointed compartments of knowledge. Moreover, given the complexity, we advocate this research question as an exemplar for the value of combining efforts between human and machine. This project features tools, workflow(s) and best practices we've developed and implemented to accomplish such a task. This is and will be a work in progress. Any comments and or feedback are welcomed. Please email Kristine Gloria at glorim@rpi.edu for more information.
TW LogoTWC Web Observatory (WebObservatory)
Principal Investigator: Deborah L. McGuinness
Co Investigator: Jim Hendler
Description: The Web Science Research Center at TWC RPI is working with other members of the Web Science Trust to create a global "Web Observatory". The global movement toward Open Data and transparency have successfully motivated the release of very large institutional and commercial data sets describing social phenomena, economic indicators and geographic trends. This proliferation of data represents great opportunity for researchers and industry but this data abundance also threatens to make it ever more difficult to locate, analyse, compare and interpret useful information in a consistent and reliable way; a situation which can only get worse unless we can help stakeholders perform useful analysis rather than drowning in a sea of data. A global Web Observatory will offer an institutional framework to promote the use of W3C and other standards in the development of Semantic Catalogues to globally locate existing data sets, Collection Systems to gather new global data sets, and Analytics Tools and methodologies to analyse these data sets.