Web ObservatoriesDavid De Roure
For the Benefit of Humanity
An observatory is sociotechnicalTechnical                       Social•   Multiple observatories      • Researchers•   Dat...
Anatomy of an observatory               InstallQuery                        Subscribe              analytic        ongoing...
Web Observatory Community Group• Articulating the business and technical requirements  for the Web Observatory• Need all o...
WSTNet workshop at Web Science 2012• Scoped as (virtual) Web Science Observatory• Web as an artefact (data about Web vs on...
Next Steps for W3C Community Group• Events: Microsoft Faculty Summit workshop, Digital  Research 2012 (10th September, Oxf...
Datascopes    telescopes for the naked mind                NRAO/AUI/NSF      From Signal to Understanding
1. Web as lens2. Web as artefact
david.deroure@oerc.ox.ac.ukwww.oerc.ox.ac.uk/people/dderblogs.nature.com/eresearch@dderhttp://webscience.org/http://www.w3...
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Web Observatory and Discovery Informatics workshop. Microsoft, Redmond, 18 July 2012

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  • From The Galileo Project web site: http://galileo.rice.edu/sci/instruments/telescope.html- The earliest known illustration of a telescope. Giovanpattista della Porta included this sketch in a letter written in August 1609 - porta-sketchJohannes Hevelius (Poland, 1611-1687) observing with one of his telescopes (Source: Selenographia, 1647)Hubble_earth_horz and hubble - from http://hubble.nasa.gov/. Very Large Array from http://images.nrao.edu/Telescopes. Copyright requirement - include "NRAO/AUI/NSF" on slide.
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    1. 1. Web ObservatoriesDavid De Roure
    2. 2. For the Benefit of Humanity
    3. 3. An observatory is sociotechnicalTechnical Social• Multiple observatories • Researchers• Datasets and dataflows • Managers• Analytics • Shared artefacts• Tools and software (intermediate• Automation results, annotation)• Notification (real time) • Shared methods• Provenance • Collaborative analysis• Secure • Policy• Linkable • Responsible innovation• Programmatic access • Training• Visualisation (eyepiece?) • Standards!
    4. 4. Anatomy of an observatory InstallQuery Subscribe analytic ongoing collection
    5. 5. Web Observatory Community Group• Articulating the business and technical requirements for the Web Observatory• Need all observatory stakeholders, and links to other W3C activities• Starting by identifying existing observatories, current practice and use cases• Preliminary discussions: need to describe observatories, datasets, data flows, policies, and to share results and methods• Announced at WWW, WEBIST and WebSci 2012• http://www.w3.org/community/webobservatory/
    6. 6. WSTNet workshop at Web Science 2012• Scoped as (virtual) Web Science Observatory• Web as an artefact (data about Web vs on)• What are the questions that a Web Scientist wants to ask of the observatory? In 2020?• Reproducible/Reconstructable/Responsible Research• Feedback loop – astronomy is special case (locations of stars not socially constituted…)• Start with tractable project (e.g. twitterology, timeline)• Incentives to deposit?• Closed vs open, disclosure risk• Observatory management, policy and legal agreements part of value-add
    7. 7. Next Steps for W3C Community Group• Events: Microsoft Faculty Summit workshop, Digital Research 2012 (10th September, Oxford)• Encouraging you to sign up • Setting up regular meeting time• Introductions, check for stakeholder coverage• Interlinking with other W3C activities• “Observing the observatories” – exemplars, scope• Emerging use cases…
    8. 8. Datascopes telescopes for the naked mind NRAO/AUI/NSF From Signal to Understanding
    9. 9. 1. Web as lens2. Web as artefact
    10. 10. david.deroure@oerc.ox.ac.ukwww.oerc.ox.ac.uk/people/dderblogs.nature.com/eresearch@dderhttp://webscience.org/http://www.w3.org/community/webobservatory/http://www.digitalsocialresearch.net/

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