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Web Science, a New Field of Study

From the NY Times...

Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study

"Web science, the researchers say, has social and engineering dimensions. It extends well beyond traditional computer science, they say, to include the emerging research in social network software and the social sciences that is being used to study how people behave on the Web. And Web science, they add, shifts the center of gravity in engineering research from how a single computer works to how huge decentralized Web systems work."

Bonus link. Wisdom of crowds vs. Wisdom of the few.