Here’s a New York Times report previewing the announcement of a joint research initiative between the Mass. Institute of Technology and the University of Southampton. Very little on the Web about it so far – even a simple search for “Web Science Research Initiative” (the proposed title) doesn’t give much help. However, it seems interesting, although unclear on whether this is a ‘discipline’ (as the NYT and others seem to be saying) or an interdisciplinary effort.
From the MIT press release, Tim Berners-Lee says: “The Web Science Research Initiative will allow researchers to take the web seriously as an object of scientific inquiry, with the goal of helping to foster the web’s growth and fulfill its great potential as a powerful tool for humanity.“