Socio-technological phenomena of the World Wide Web

Many of the new scholarly working habits, characterised by participatory applications of the World Wide Web, depend on tools such as wikis or blogs, which originally were not designed to carry out research. With this in mind, the research complex Web Science focuses on the following questions:

  • How do researchers use the currently available participatory tools on the World Wide Web?
  • What are the general aspects of the interaction between the usage of such modern tools and research, particularly in economics?
  • What are the requirements that tools must fulfil  if they are to support research work even better than before?

In order to investigate these questions thoroughly, the ZBW puts the socio-technological phenomena of the World Wide Web at the centre of its second research focus, Web Science. The ZBW concentrates its Web Science research on the analysis of collaborative usage behaviour and usage patterns in web-based communication and research environments. The research department works in close cooperation with the Social Media department of the ZBW.

*metrics – MEasuring The Reliability and perception of Indicators for interactions with sCientific productS (DFG, 2017-2019)

The main objective of this project proposal is to develop a deeper understanding of *metrics, especially in terms of their general significance and their perception amongst stakeholders.

To this end, key considerations will include the quality of *metrics underlying data (in terms of validity and reliability), the historical context within which *metrics arose, as well as their ability to adequately assess scientific outputs against the background of disciplinary specificities.

The project's findings will benefit *metrics users (e.g., researchers, research funders), information services and libraries, as well as *metrics providers, enabling *metrics informed use and widening our knowledge about their limitations and possibilities for interpretation.

Project website *metrics