Web Science Labs
WeST Koblenz https://youtu.be/ZfcH6cNWMKk Professor Steffen Staab, Martin Körner, Lukas Schmelzeisen, Daniel Janke, Marting Leinberger, Jun Sun, Cristina Sarasua, Korok Sengupta, Raphael Meges, Dr Mahdi Bohlouli, and Dr Chandan Kumar, showcase Web Science research work at...
Web Science Trust Board
WST supporters We also wish to acknowledge the contribution of colleagues who acted as supporters and  research fellows for the forerunner to the Web Science Trust, the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI). They are listed...
Web Science Manifesto
Web Science@10 Wendy Hall (University of Southampton, wh@ecs.soton.ac.uk) Jim Hendler (Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute, hendler@cs.rpi.edu) Steffen Staab (University of Southampton,s.r.staab@soton.ac.uk / Universität Koblenz-Landau, staab@uni-koblenz.de) Download pdf Twenty-seven years ago, one of the biggest societal changes in human...
Web Observatory
The Web Observatory: A global data resource for the advancement of economic & social prosperity. Sponsored by the Web Science Trust, a global not for profit institution with a secretariat at the University of Southampton...

Welcome to the Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust (WST) is a UK registered charity, established in 2009, with the aim of supporting the global development of Web Science. The Web Science Trust has established an international network (WSTNet), bringing together world-class research laboratories to support the Web Science research and education programme.

The origins of the Web Science Trust can be found in the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) which was established in 2006. Now in 2018, we have assembled 20 world-class international research groups, founded a Summer School which is held in a different location each year, and run a series of international teaching and research events including an ACM Web Science conference now in its 10th year.

News

11th International ACM Conference on Web Science 2019
Announcing the 11th International ACM Conference on Web Science will be held on June 30 – July 3, 2019, in Boston, MA, USA. The WebSci conference...
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Closing The Loop
In June, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics held an event celebrating 10 years of Web Science. This event was organised by Susan Halford...
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Web Science Conference 2018 at a Glance
Written by Robert Thorburn Packed to the brim with more academic discourse, networking and interesting research than one can shake a stick at, the 2018...
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WebSci18 Main Conference Day 3
Last night was the WebSci 18 conference dinner, where we went on a boat trip through the canals of Amsterdam. There was a huge rainstorm,...
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WebSci18 Main Conference Day 2 – ACM Turing Award Lecture by Tim Berners-Lee
This morning I entered the VU Amsterdam building to find a huge crowd of people waiting to see Tim Berners-Lee deliver his Turing Award Lecture...
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WebSci18 Main Conference Day 1
Today was the official opening of the Web Sci conference. The day started with a keynote session titled ‘Best of Web Science 2018’. The papers...
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Darknet Policing at the Web Science Conference 2018
Written by Robert Thorburn The 2018 Web Science conference, hosted by the Vrije Universitieit Amsterdam, not only featured the broad range of subjects one would...
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ACM Web Science 2018 Conference – Events Day
ACM Web Science 2018 Conference - Events Day There was a full day with various themed events which could be attended, ranging from the dark...
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Call for Registration and Scholarship Applications for the Web Science Summer School 2018
http://wwsss18.webscience.org/ *** IMPORTANT DATES *** Scholarship applications by 15 April 2018 Official registration open: 19 March 2018 Early bird registration by 7 May 2018 WWSSS...
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Web Science


What is Web Science?

Web Science: The Age of the Social Machine

An Introduction to Web Science

Nothing like the Web has ever happened in all of human history. The scale of its impact and the rate of its adoption are unparalleled. This is a great opportunity as well as an obligation. If we are to ensure the Web benefits the human race we must first do our best to understand it.

The Web is the largest human information construct in history. The Web is transforming society. In order to understand what the Web is, engineer its future and ensure its social benefit we need a new interdisciplinary field that we call Web Science.

About Us

The Web Science Trust (WST) is a charitable body with the aim of supporting the global development of Web Science.

The Web Science Trust is a private company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 06634408. The registered office address of the Web Science Trust is c/o Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DS, United Kingdom.

History

The origins of the Web Science Trust can be found in the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) which was established in 2006. WSRI was originally set up as the result of a Memorandum of Understanding between MIT CSAIL and University of Southampton, ECS, with the ambition of coordinating and supporting the study of the World Wide Web. Since the launch of this Initiative, the concept of Web Science has been widely disseminated and is establishing itself as an important area of activity.

WSRI’s activities focused on

  1. articulating a research agenda for the broader scientific community
  2. coordinating the development of Web Science educational material and curricula
  3. engaging in thought leadership for this emerging field.

In order to continue with these activities, the Directors of WSRI established a charitable body – the Web Science Trust (WST) – which is independent of the original founding institutions of WSRI.

Partners

WST is working with the World Wide Web Foundation. The Foundation has a mission to advance the Web and empower people via the Web. The Trust and the Foundation have a common commitment to advance the new discipline of Web Science, and will work together on projects that improve our understanding of the Web and promote the Web’s positive impact on society.

For information on other partners please go to the Friends and Supporters page.

Office Address

The main office of Web Science Trust is:
Web Science Administrator
The Web Science Trust
Room 3015, Building 32
University of Southampton
University Road
Southampton SO17 1BJ

Web

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Mailing lists

Additionally we have three mailing lists

  • Web Science Announce, which will keep you updated with Trust news and any upcoming events
  • Web Science Discuss, which is a discussion list for those wishing to discuss particular Web Science issues
  • Web Science Curriculum, which is a list for those wishing to discuss the ongoing development of the Web Science curriculum

 

Web Science Education

Web Science Education

Education is of paramount importance to the Trust and we look to assist in the definition of curricula at all levels, provide support and backing of summer schools across all our Labs. Ultimately to ensure that our students and members have the right skills and tools to approach this complex task of engagement with the complex socio-technical interactions on the Web.

Current Courses in Web Science

There are a number of institutions around the world where you can study Web Science. For further information please visit the institution’s site:

Other Courses of interest

Training that will be of interest to potential Web Scientists, interdisciplinary researchers and others:

If you wish to have your institution added to this list please email info@webscience.org