The Web Science Observatory
The Web Science Observatory (or simply the Web Observatory) has been a key concept in the development of tools to help us understand how the Web develops in concert with human input. The project seeks to enable the sharing of data sets globally to allow for complex and nuanced analysis of Web interactions that may not be possible for individual research groups. Industry has strongly taken up the Web Observatoy concept with companies offering deep anlaysis to governments and corporations that can pay for them. The question remains whether the public will be equally served by sharing data for the common good.
Tiropanis, Thanassis, Hall, Wendy, Shadbolt, Nigel, De Roure, David, Contractor, Noshir and Hendler, Jim (2013) The Web Science Observatory. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 28 (2), 100-104.