Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study – New York Times

This New York Times article discusses an announcement regarding a new field of study being proposed. Referred to as “Web Science”, this discipline would study the phenomenon of the Web from both a social science and an engineering perspective. Should schools of Information Science be worried or excited by this announcement? It seems to run parallel to what some schools are are already teaching. Would it be fair to say that perhaps this new discipline would approach the Web on more of a macro level than Information Science? Maybe library schools should be the ones teaching “Web Science”. At a time when library schools are still trying to redefine themselves, this new wrinkle could cause more uncertainty, but might also represent a good opportunity for L.I.S. programs to expand.

Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study – New York Times
Web science represents “a pretty big next step in the evolution of information,” said Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, who is a computer scientist. This kind of research, Mr. Schmidt added, is “likely to have a lot of influence on the next generation of researchers, scientists and, most importantly, the next generation of entrepreneurs who will build new companies from this.”

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