Empirical methodologies for web engineering

Briony J. Oates, Gary Griffiths, Mike Lockyer, Barry Hebbron

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We review a range of data generation methods and empirical research strategies of potential usefulness to web engineering research. The various strategies do not all share the same underlying philosophy about knowledge and how it can be acquired. We therefore explain two contrasting philosophical paradigms: positivism and interpretivism. We suggest that empirical web engineering should use a plurality of research strategies and data generation methods, and recognise the potential usefulness of both positivism and interpretivism. Finally we discuss the implications of such a plurality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb Engineering - 4th International Conference, ICWE 2004, Proceedings
EditorsNora Koch, Martin Wirsing, Piero Fraternali
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)3540225110
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Event4th International Conference on Web Engineering - Munich, Germany
Duration: 26 Jul 200430 Jul 2004

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference4th International Conference on Web Engineering
Abbreviated titleICWE 2004


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