Types of Web Observatory

The sheer complexity of the types of process that a Web Observatory might support cry out for a more refined definition of Observatories and as part of my own research I have Identified an initial structure that will be tested with communities going forward

The major categories are


These are research based systems attempting to capture/share data, produce/test theory and collaborate on research projects


These are commercial systems attempting to improve financial ratios (esp Profit) and share ratios (esp market share)

    Communities (ranging from small to large)

These are engagement systems attmepting to highlight information in order to modify behaviour encourage actions/participation

The sub-types are

    Personal – ie a community of one
    Communities of Interest or location e.g. Charities,
    Communities of Governance e.g. Government