Curriculum topics

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NOTE: This list of topics should reflect a broader perspective than just engineering / Computer Science.

  • History of the Web
    • Forerunners (Otlet, Wells, Bush, Engelbart, Nelson) - information systems, concepts, early computer systems
    • Hypertext Community - information systems
    • Internet history - DARPA, IP, TCP, FTP, WAIS, GOPHER
    • W3C History - See W3C timeline
  • Building the Web
    • Web Architecture (HTTP, HTML, URI, XML, XSLT, JavaScript, AJAX)
    • Key Algorithms
    • Community Inclusion- Incentives for Innovation - Openness / universality
    • Decentralisation
    • Governance
    • Standards
  • The Web in Society
    • E-commerce
    • IP / copyright
    • Privacy
    • Co-evolution of society and web
    • Culture and technology
    • Systems theory
    • Social structures and processes
    • Groups and identity
    • Commercial structures and economics
    • Globalisation
    • Social capital and power inequality
    • Collective intelligence
  • Deploying the Web - Operationalising Web Science for a World of International Commerce
    • Business Strategy
    • Information systems (basics of)
    • Cloud computing infrastructure
    • Policy
    • Regulation and security
    • Sector-specific info
    • Online markets
    • Design vs evolution
    • International context - developed and developing world
    • Profit vs common good
    • Software / hardware context (speeds etc)
  • Analysing the Web
    • Methodologies (build around case studies)
    • Uncertainties and critical thinking
    • Graph theory
    • Power laws
    • Statistics / regression analysis
    • Networks - game theory, social network analysis, ANT
    • Web mining
  • Understanding Web Users
    • Surveys
    • Qualitative
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