Cyberscience 2.0

Research in the Age of Digital Social Networks

Michael Nentwich and René König

Cyberscience 2.0

Michael Nentwich and René König

Distributed for Campus Verlag

237 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 | © 2012
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9783593395180 Published June 2012

At the start of the twenty-first century, the Internet was already perceived to have fundamentally changed the landscape for research. With its opportunities for digital networking, novel publication schemes, and new communication formats, the web was a game-changer for how research was done as well as what came after—the dissemination and discussion of results. Addressing the seismic shifts of the past ten years, Cyberscience 2.0 examines the consequences of the arrival of social media and the increasing dominance of big Internet players, such as Google, for science and research, particularly in the realms of organization and communication.


1. Introduction
1.1 Cyberscience 1.0 Revisited
    1.2 Web 2.0 and Cyberscience
    1.3 Conceptual Framework and Methods
2. Case Studies
2.1 Social Network Sites
    2.2 Microblogging
    2.3 Collaborative Knowledge Production—The Case of Wikimedia
    2.4 Virtual Worlds—The Case of Second Life
    2.5 Search Engines—The Case of Google
3. Cross-Cutting Analysis
3.1 Interactivity as a Crucial Category
    3.2 New Windows in the Ivory Tower
    3.3 Academic Quality and Digital Social Networks
    3.4 Information Overload or Information Paradise?
    3.5 Between Transparency and Privacy
    3.6 Towards Democratization of Science?
4. Overall Conclusions and Outlook
4.1 Maturing Cyberscience
    4.2 The Cyberscience 2.0 Prospects
    4.3 An Ambivalent Overall Assessment

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