Web Science, Netspace, Internet:
Principles for Research and Studies
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- TCFIR was formed to help shape the new disciplines of "Internet Research," "Web Science," "Netspace studies." It is based in collaborative
technologies therefore allowing "distance" based associations and
projects. Those that disparage this raise false arguments and are not
leveraging the capabilities of the Internet in their thinking.
- TCFIR has no commercial agenda or purpose. To
that end, we support any and all activities that embrace the level of
scholarship required. This includes organizations such as AOIR, Web Science Trust, IxDa, IAI, SciP, ACM, EFF, NACOL,
Monterey Institute, and IEEE to mention only a few.
embraces "open access" to scholarly works and will endeavor to publish
accordingly. We challenge the elitism of
"peer review", the inherent social control, and stratification it
fosters. We are open to suggestions for an alternate system.
- TCFIR believes that the "Internet" and
"Netspace" are separable but reflexive and
for the purpose of scholarship must be operationally defined.
- TCFIR believes that Internet scholarship should
embrace the full spectrum digital technologies that assist communications. To
do otherwise reflects a deeper misunderstanding or ignorance of the subjects
- TCFIR believes that rigorous Internet, Web Science, and Netspace scholarship is occurring in both academic and
non-academic domains and that "authority" is not the privilege of
- TCFIR believes that in the spirit of cross-disciplinary communications it is basic to develop the appropriate
cognitive frameworks to support the various disciplinarities and level of collaboration.
- TCFIR believes that in defining the application of
the various disciplinarities and perspectives it is essential to explicitly define the levels of collaboration and cross
- TCFIR believes that rules of discourse should be
explicitly defined and not subject to social custom or tacit understanding.
- TCFIR believes scientific communications should
not be closed to dispute and public examination of those disputes.
believes in attacking the message not the messenger.
- TCFIR believes that all attempts to
communicate should not be academically dense and pretentious. This will enable
the body of stakeholders to be received as credible, understandable, and
- We should make all attempts possible to embrace the deep learning of the various disciplinarities,
while at the same time encouraging them to seek a broader base of scientific solutions and schema.
- TCFIR believes that defense of the status quo
reflects on the defender more than the challenger.
- TCFIR believes that disciplinarities investigating in parallel does nothing to lead towards establishing a unique
field of investigation.
- TCFIR believes that all methodologies should be scholarly and rigorous, be they quantitative or qualitative.
- TCFIR believes in trans-disciplinarity as an "ideal" of scholarship.
- "The Production Of Knowledge" by Gibbons et al
- "Disciplinary differences and University Teaching" by Ruth Neumann
- "Multidisciplinary Working Group" by Martin Schoonen
- "Cross Talking" by Jeanette D. Hoit
- "Hypercomplexity and Digital Media Studies" by Jeff Rutenbeck
- "The Hyper Complex Society" by Lars Qvortrup