Intermediaries’ functions, operations and types – a taxonomy

Vaux, Janet and Gilbert, Nigel and Morris, Peter and Baiget, Tomàs Intermediaries’ functions, operations and types – a taxonomy., 2002 (Unpublished) [Report]

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The initial aim of this report was to provide an approach to categorising web intermediaries that would both be relevant to current socio-economic debates and be amenable to automatic recognition by a software agent. We have approached this, first, through a taxonomy of taxonomies, asking what questions are supported through different approaches to classification. This includes: market-function typologies and business-model typologies that view the web primarily as a market place; search-task typologies that view the web primarily as a navigation space; and hybrid typologies that deal with the business of search tools. We propose a typology of ‘transit sites’ to combine navigational and market-based categories. The above approaches to the categorisation of web intermediaries help define a range of socio-economic questions, but may not easily be made recognisable to a software agent. Nonetheless a limited number of features (such as size and complexity of sites, numbers of links in and out) may enable the computer-assisted investigation of trends in the development of web intermediaries, such as a tendency to convergence in ‘portalisation’.

Item type: Report
Keywords: Web intermediaries; Market-function taxonomies; Web business models; Search-task taxonomies; Transit sites.
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education. > GA. Information industry.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GC. Computer and telecommunication industry.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HP. e-resources.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HQ. Web pages.
I. Information treatment for information services > IE. Data and metadata structures.
L. Information technology and library technology > LC. Internet, including WWW.
Depositing user: Tomàs Baiget
Date deposited: 03 Aug 2019 16:31
Last modified: 03 Aug 2019 16:31


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