It can be easily used as an online messaging platform to a virtual world where social interaction and communities can inform social science and its applications in the real world. This has become second nature. New research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting suggests the Web can be used as a research tool for social scientists.Thomas Dietz, a Michigan State University researcher says: “Although social scientists, engineers and physical scientists have studied the Web as an entity in and of itself for some time, there is now a growing group of social scientists who are learning how to use the Web as a tool for research rather than as a subject of research.
A panel of scientists organized by Dietz will examine various aspects for using the Web as a tool for research. In fact, the University’s political science professor kicked off the session, and discussed how new virtual communities are improving surveys and transforming social science.He is one of the world’s leaders in this survey research on the Web, focusing on learning how to use the Web as a way of soliciting people’s opinions and getting factual information from them via online surveys. ” “Adam Henry, who is a doctoral fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University Center for International Development, was scheduled next to discuss measuring social networks using the World Wide Web.
Henry is developing very innovative ways to identify networks that are actual face-to-face relationships by tracking evidence streams on the Web,” Dietz said.It’s not just about who’s connected to whom on Faceable or Twitter, but who’s doing research with whom in the real world. It’s using the virtual world to identify things that are going on in the real world rather than using the virtual world simply to look at the virtual world. ” Following the presentations, National Science Foundation sociology erector Patricia White was to discuss implications of this research related to the future of social science.