As hundreds of folk gather in Evanston, Illinois for the fourth web science conference, its time to ask once more a few defining questions about the topic.
On Wednesday 21st June, I was one of three academics leading a pre-conference workshop titled 'Teaching the Web'.
We had a good turn out for the workshop, although unfortunately it clashed with a meeting of the WSTNet so a few key people were not able to attend
Following on from the workshop I would like to set out a challenge. We discussed how we introduce people to web science and agreed there were a few questions which would like to have answered.
So, your challenge, should you choose to accept it….
- What is Web Science?
- Why would students follow web science, what future careers and employment might they follow?
- Where do you find web science? How is it practiced? and indeed, where is it taught
- How do we practice web science? What methods do we use?
The answers to these questions can be used to consolidate our understanding of Web Science in a way which can allow us to better design and suggest a plausible model for the Web Science Curriculum.