WebDisk is a consecutive project based on subtopics and their results covered in the Humic project. Aim of the project is the (1) methodological and (2) normative-evaluative study of weakly-structured Internet discourses ("Web 2.0 discourse") using the example of large-scale technologies such as energy technology for the purposes of acceptance research and risk communication.
The methodological aim is the development of a tool for the automated collection, analysis and evaluation of opinion indicating expressions in Web comments (project phase 1). The development focuses on the study of linguistic forms and procedures of opinion-forming on the Web, which is the research focus of various disciplines. In particular, the findings are utilized for the investigation of acceptance of large-scale technologies. The tool is intended to support the discipline-specific research, e.g., through the identification and analysis of user evaluations in user generated content (see Fig. 1). In the project, mainly blog texts are investigated (blog articles and comments).
The evaluative-normative goal of the project is the systematic evaluation of acceptance factors in Web 2.0 discourses with the aim to make them usable for a targeted risk communication (project phase 2).