Web Mining for Research

What’s Web Mining for Research is a white paper I wrote on the TADA wiki trying to define an emerging research practice that draws on the web as evidence of human behaviour. I’m not happy with the phrase, but it hard to know what to call it. Text mining refers to mining large text databases, not the web. Web mining means all sorts of things. What stands out for me as important is that we have in the Web a massive body of evidence for philosophical and cultural analysis, something we haven’t had before. While a chance in evidence may seem trivial, the resulting change in research practices is not.