San Francisco Web Observatory Workshop

Students, researchers and web scientists came together for a hackathon-sytle meet-up hosted by Mark Musen and the team at Stanford.

Post-grad researchers Ramine Tinati, Chris Phethean and Ian Brown from Southampton introduced the day with presentations of their research interests including:

  • Social Media effectiveness for Charities,
  • Message propgation in Social Networks and
  • Observation – how observatories are different


the session progressed into a data hack together kicked off by Vinay Goel from our partners at the Internet Archive to look at ways in which complex data sets can be wrangled, analysed and shared.

Introducing the Web Observatory Wiki

The Institute for Web Science and Technologies in Koblenz is pleased to announce the launch of the Web Observatory Wiki. This wiki is a significant step forward for the Web Observatory, a project of the Web Science Trust and its affiliated universities, of which the University of Koblenz–Landau is a member.
The Web Observatory has the goal to become a global data resource for the advancement of economic and social prosperity. In order to reach this goal, the Web Observatory Wiki will be the central place to collect and maintain information about Web datasets. The wiki uses semantic technologies (Semantic MediaWiki), and allows all information about datasets to be recorded semantically, i.e., in a systematic way and interlinked with other Semantic Web resources. The wiki can be found at and is undergoing a test phase – all users are invited to add their information and to give us feedback. Please see the wiki itself for instructions.

Introduction to Web Observatory Wiki Video