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Web science: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Web
Author(s):
Marius Watz, Andrij Borys Associates
Institution:
ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
Year:
2008
URL:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/watz/2617629387/in/photostream/
Project Description:
Generative artist Marius Watz has contributed to the July'08 edition of ACM's Communications magazine with a striking piece. The art work is featured on the cover and an inner article entitled: "Web science: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Web".

The article written by James Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt, Wendy Hall, Tim Berners-Lee, and Daniel Weitzner, focuses on many of the challenges currently facing the Web. As they state in the beginning of the article: "Despite the Web's great success as a technology and the significant amount of computing infrastructure on which it is built, it remains, as an entity, surprisingly unstudied. here, we look at some of the technical and social challenges that must be overcome to model the Web as a whole, keep it growing, and understand its continuing social impact. A systems approach, in the sense of 'systems biology' is needed if we are to be able to understand and engineer the future Web".

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