Institute for Web Science and Technologies · Universität Koblenz - Landau
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Seminar "Web Science"

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Winter Term 2012 / 2013

This seminar will complement the lecture “Introduction to Web Science”.

Seminar papers have to be submitted by March 15 or earlier by email to the lecturer. Late submissions will not be considered.
Paper must exactly follow the style given at
Target size is 6-8 pages in the indicated style, i.e. about 36,000-48,000 characters of text. Deviations must be argued for and may negatively influence the assessment.


Date Time Presenter Topic
2012-10-16 10.15 Staab Intro
2012-10-23 10.15 Staab Presentation Skills
2012-11-27 8.30 Betim Sojeva  Topic 10 Linked Data
2012-11-27 9.15  Helena Swerdlow - cancelled Topic 14 Price Discrimination 
2012-12-11 8.30  Lea Buxel  Topic 3 Wellman PDF Also Cf Presentation by Wellman in Koblenz
2012-12-11 9.15  Andreas Penner Topic 4 Personality Traits PDF
2012-12-18  8.30  Olaf Poneta - cancelled Topic 5 Social Search 
2012-12-18  9.15  Juliane Schäl  - move to later -
2013-01-08  8.30  Nicolas Beck  Topic 11 Code - and other Laws PPTX 
2013-01-08  9.15 Nico Merten  Topic 15 Bitcoin PDF
2013-01-15  8.30  Lubosz Sarnecki - cancelled Topic 9 Human Computation 
2013-01-15  9.15  Irina Karpova - moved to later Topic 8 Wikipedia 
2013-01-29  8.30  Christian Stehr - cancelled Topic 12 Zittrain: The future of the internet... 
2013-01-29  8.30 Irina Karpova Topic 8 Wikipedia PPTX
2013-01-29  9.15  Amri Jawhar  Topic 6  How People Recall, Recognize & Reuse Search Results PDF PPTX  



Pedro Liberal Fernandez Topic 13 Web economy PDF



Juliane Schäl  Topic 7 Modelling User Behavior (a or b) PDF 

Reading list:

For all

Individual reading

Social Science

  1. Sinan Aral, Dylan Walker. Identifying influential and susceptible member of social networks. In: Science, 337(6092): 337-341. DOI: 1126/science.1215842
  2. Danah Boyd. Taken out of Context. American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley, 2008.
  3. Lee Rainie, Barry Wellman. Networked: The New Social Operating System, May 25, 2012.
  4. Jennifer Golbeck, Cristina Robles, Karen Turner: Predicting personality with social media. CHI Extended Abstracts 2011: 253-262

Computer and Information Science

  1. Meredith Ringel Morris, Jamie Teevan. Collaborative Web Search: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval and Services. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2009. doi:10.2200/S00230ED1V01Y200912ICR014 
  2. Jamie Teevan. How People Recall, Recognize and Reuse Search Results. ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS). Special Issue on Keeping, Refinding, And Sharing Personal Information, 26(4), September 2008. [PDF]
  3. Modelling Behavior on the Web
    • Janette Lehmann, Mounia Lalmas, Elad Yom-Tov, Georges Dupret. Models of user engagement. In: User Modeling, Adaptation, And Personalization. LNCS 7379, Springer 2012, pp. 164.175,
    • Sofia Angeletou, Matthew Rowe, Harith Alani. Modeling and analysis of user behavior in online communities. In: The Semantic Web – ISWC 2011. LNCS 7031. Springer 2011, pp. 35-50.

Web Engineering

  1. About Wikipedia:
  2. About Human Computation
    • Luis van Ahn. Massive-scale Online Collaboration. TED Talk. December 2011.
    • Edith Law, Luis von Ahn. Human Computation. Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Inteligence and Machine Learning. Morgan & Claypool, June 2011. doi:10.2200/S00371ED1V01Y201107AIM013
  3. About Linked Data
    • Tom Heath, Christian Bizer. Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space. Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology. Morgan & Claypool, February 2011. [PDF]
    • Alexandre Passant and Yves Raimond. Music, Linked Data, and the Social Semantic Web. Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology. Morgan & Claypool, To appear.

Law & Economics

  1. Lawrence Lessig. Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0. Basic Books 2006. [free PDF available here]
  2. Jonathan Zittrain. The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It. 2008. [free PDF available here]
  3. Michalis Vafopoulos. The Web Economy: Goods, Users, Models, and Policies. Foundations and Trends in Web Science 3(1-2), Now Publishers, 2012, (Open PDF from within university)
  4. Price Discrimination
  5. Bitcoin

Further Reading

  1. ECOLOGY: Lance H. Gunderson, C.S. Holling. Panarchy. Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems. Island Press, 2001.
  2. Recommendation Systems
    • G. Linden, B. Smith, and J. York. Recommendations: Item-to- Item Collaborative Filtering. IEEE Internet Computing, 2003.
    • K. Dellschaft, S. Staab. Measuring the Influence of Tag Recommenders on the Indexing Quality in Tagging Systems. In: HYPERTEXT 2012, Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, June 25–28, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
  3. SOCIAL SCIENCE: Michael Thelwall: Introduction to Webometrics. Quantitative Web Research for the Social Sciences. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2009 (in UKob library) 
  4. SECURITY: J. Buchmann (Ed.) Internet Privacy - a Multidisciplinary Analysis, September 2012, PDF.