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The interplay of theory and observation: a proposition for structured research on human behavior on the web

Jürgens, Pascal and Jungherr, Andreas and Heitmann, Benjamin (2009) The interplay of theory and observation: a proposition for structured research on human behavior on the web. In: Proceedings of the WebSci'09: Society On-Line, 18-20 March 2009, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Abstract

The attempt of Web Science to develop a deeper understanding of human behavior on and with the web, as practiced today, struggles to transcend the stage of isolated case studies of individual phenomena with little or no connection to the nature of human behavior as a whole. The authors believe this state can be remedied by a more conscious combination of theoretical concepts of human behavior and empirical work. To this end this paper identifies four key challenges in sound Web Science: A - Providing theoretical context for studies, B - addressing the role of technological design and communication culture, C - dealing with large data sets and D - charting the web so research can be placed within. We then propose a blueprint for research practices which is based on the school of critical rationalism and serves to increase a study’s contribution to the field of web science.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:philosophy of science, empirical studies, reliability, social web
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Science 2009
ID Code:188
Deposited By: W S T Administrator
Deposited On:24 Jan 2009 08:45
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:39

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