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 perceptions of Indicators for interactions with sCientific productS

The main focus of the new project “*metrics” is on gaining a deeper understanding of alternative indicators for measuring scientific performance.

Here the questions are:

  • What is the quality of the data on which these alternative indicators are based?
  • How do researchers and research funders perceive and assess which indicators?
  • How far are these indicators able to map discipline-specific differences from astronomy to zoology?

The project partners are the Head Office of the GBV Common Library Network, the Goettingen State and University Library and the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.