When I discovered that the Rumanian sociologist Laura Malita had written some words about my contribution to European Social Informatics in an article in Wikipedia, it made me very proud. But I also felt the need for making it clear that my teacher and friend Stein Braaten was the true founder of this important scientific discipline and that my contribution was the introduction of The Sociology of the World Wide Web, an idea grown out of Social Informatics. Therefore I added this information to let the article give a complete picture.
From a global historical viewpoint Stein Braaten must be considered as the founder of the science of Social Informatics, which he originally called "Socioinformatics" (Norwegian: Sosioinformatikk). He defined it as the common field of psychology, sociology and informatics. (Stein Braaten: Dialogens vilkaar i datasamfunnet. Universitetsforlaget 1983.) At the Department of Sociology, University of Oslo (UiO) Stein Braaten inspired a group of pioneers in this field, including Eivind Jahren, Arild Jansen and Ingar Roggen. When Web Sociology was introduced in 1996, the World Wide Web Virtual Laboratoratory (known as Weblab at UiO) was established at the Department of Sociology, directed by Ingar Roggen in collaboration with Knut A. G. Hauge and Trond Enger. The Department offered degrees up to the master (Norwegian: Cand.Polit.) level in these fields until 2000. While Kristen Nygaard's Simula was the programming language shared by the early socioinformaticians, the Web Sociologists gathered around Bill Atkinson's HyperCard with the programming language HyperTalk, the forerunner of the WWW- languages. The late Rob Kling, who had been given a personal introduction by Stein Braaten to the ongoing research on Social Informatics at the University of Oslo in 1986, and also had noted the introduction of Web Sociology in January 1996, established the American branch of Social Informatics at Indiana University later that year.
http://www.social-informatics.org/db/13/1625/Bibliography/Interview_with_Ingar_Roggen/ European social informatics