Hyperlink is not dead!

Benjamin Ooghe-Tabanou, Mathieu Jacomy, Paul Girard, Guillaume Plique

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The emergence and success of web platforms nurtured a trend
within social studies: “Hyperlink is dead!”. Capturing their users
into mobile applications and specialised web interface to propose
them a specific user experience (and business model), the platforms
indeed created new information silos in the open World Wide Web
space. The simplified availability of user behavioural data through
these platforms APIs reinforced this idea in academic communities
by providing scholars with an easy way to collect rich user centric
data for their research. After discussing the methodological aspects
of the web divide between platforms and classical websites, we will
argue that although it becomes more and more invisible, the hyperlink, modern incarnation of intertextual links between documents,
is still a central and structural element of the web. Hyperlinks remain an invaluable resource to turn the web into a research field
in spite of the complexity to collect, manipulate and curate them.
We will illustrate those methodological challenges by describing
the choices we made in designing Hyphe, a tool dedicated to the
creation of web corpora tailored for mining hypertexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWS.2 2018 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Web Studies : Seeing Through the Web
EditorsEverardo Reyes, Mark Bernstein, Giancarlo Ruffo, Imad Saleh
Number of pages7
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date3 Oct 2018
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364386
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Web Studies: Seeing Through the Web, WS.2 2018 - Paris, France
Duration: 3 Oct 20185 Oct 2018


Conference2nd International Conference on Web Studies: Seeing Through the Web, WS.2 2018
SponsorUniversité Paris 8
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series


  • Corpus
  • Crawler
  • Curation
  • Hyperlink
  • Hypertext
  • Network analysis
  • Web mining


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