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Web 2.0 as a social science research tool

This report considers the use of Web 2.0 tools in Social Science research. It surveys current research on the use of Web 2.0, and reports on interviews with researchers. The focus is on methodological and ethical implications of research using Web 2.0, and it also discusses future opportunities for research and communication.

This report was researched and written by Helene Snee as part of an ESRC-funded internship at the Library. Helene's own research has used information gathered from social networking web sites, and the internship provided an opportunity to interview other researchers who have been using Web 2.0 tools. 

The report reveals attitudes and practices towards the evaluation of data gathered, and in relation to ethical concerns. Issues considered include:  

  • what is Web 2.0 and Web 2.0 research?
  • methodological considerations
  • ethical considerations
  • other implications of using Web 2.0
  • potential uses of Web 2.0 in research

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