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Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt cut the WebScience@10 cake in front of an audience celebrating 10 years of Web Science.
Professors Dame Wendy Hall and Sir Nigel Shadbolt cut the WebScience@10 cake/@dder ©2016

Last Tuesday we held WebScience@10 -celebrating 10 years of Web Science. Events were run in Berlin, London and Chicago and streamed live on our global ‘TV channel’.

Dr Asstha Madaan, Dr Ramine Tinate, Joanne Lewis, Dr Thannassis Tiropanis, and Dr Dominic DiFranzo discussing Web Observatories on WebScience@10 TV
Discussing Web Observatories on WebScience@10 TV

Over 300 delegates from industry, government and academia attended the events in person, with an additional 500 watching online, and many more following the #websci10 hashtag. Our celebration featured the exciting initiatives happening in our global network of labs, the Web Observatory, as well as debates on Trust and the Web, the role of the Web during elections, and the launch of our Web Science Manifesto.

Please contact us if you are interested in working with us to support the global development of Web Science. This could involve applying to join our network of labs (WSTNet), helping with the development of the Web Observatory, or any other projects that we showcased at WebScience@10.


  • Overview of the WebScience@10 activities.
  • Trust and the Web: Bill Thompson, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Doc Searles, Liz Brandt and Matt McNeill discuss if and how we can trust the Web.
  • Web Science at the Cutting Edge: Professor Leslie Carr (Chair), Dr Pete Burnap (Cardiff University), Professor Dave De Roure (Oxford e-Research Centre), Professor Yi-Ke Guo (Data Science Institute), Professor Susan Halford (Web Science Institute) and Dr Jie Tang (Tsinghua University) discuss the latest in Web Science research.

ACM Web Science 2015

ACM Web Science 2015

28 June to 1 July 2015
University of Oxford, UK

Call for Papers & Posters

Web Science is the emergent study of the people and technologies,
applications, processes and practices that shape and are shaped
by the World Wide Web. Web Science aims to draw together theories, methods and findings from across academic disciplines, and to collaborate with industry, business, government and civil society,
to develop our knowledge and understanding of the Web: the largest
socio-technical infrastructure in human history.

The Web Science conference welcomes participation from all disciplines including, but not limited to, art, computer and information sciences, communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology, in pursuit of an understanding of the Web. This conference is unique in bringing these disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue.

We particularly welcome contributions that seek to cross traditional
disciplinary boundaries.

Following the success of WebSci’09 in Athens, WebSci’10 in Raleigh,
WebSci’11 in Koblenz, WebSci’12 in Evanston, WebSci’13 in Paris,
and WebSci’14 in Bloomington, for the 2015 conference we are seeking papers and posters that describe original research, analysis, and practice in the field of Web Science, as well as work that discusses
novel and thought-provoking ideas and works-in-progress.

Possible topics for submissions include, but are not limited to,
the following:

  • Theoretical, methodological and ethical approaches for Web Science
  • Web practices – individual and/or collective and/or institutional
  • Humanities on the Web
  • The architecture and philosophy of the Web
  • Web Science approaches to Data Science and the Web of Data
  • Web Science and the Internet of Things
  • Social machines, collective intelligence and collaborative production
  • Social Media analytics for Web Science
  • Web economics, social entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Web Science and Cybersecurity
  • Governance, democracy, intellectual property, and the commons
  • Personal data, trust, and privacy
  • Web access, literacy, and development
  • Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web
  • Health and well-being online
  • Arts and culture on the Web
  • Data curation and stewardship in Web Science
  • Web archiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web archives

This call for papers and posters can be found on
along with a separate call for colocated workshops.


Web Science 2015 is a very selective single track conference with a
rigorous review process. To accommodate the distinct traditions of its many disciplines, we provide three different paper submission formats:

full papers, short papers, and posters.

For all types of submissions, inclusion in the Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library proceedings will be by default, but not mandatory. All accepted research papers (full and short papers) will be presented during the single track conference. There will be a reception for all accepted posters, which will all be displayed in a dedicated space during the conference.

  • Full research papers (8-10 pages, ACM double column) Full
    research papers should present substantial theoretical, empirical,
    methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or
    practice. This should be original work that has not been previously
  • Short research papers (up to 5 pages, ACM double column) Short
    research papers may present preliminary theoretical, empirical,
    methodological, or policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. This should be original work that has not been previously published.
  • Posters (up to 2 pages, ACM double column, poster reception and
    presentation) Extended abstracts for posters may be up to 2 pages.

Other types of creative submissions (flexible format) are also
encouraged, and the exact format and style of presentation are
open. Examples might include artistic performances or installations,
interactive exhibits, demonstrations, or other creative formats. For
these submissions, the proposers should make clear the format and
content and any special requirements they would need to successfully deliver this work (in terms of space, time, technology, etc.)

Submission instructions

Full and short paper and poster submissions should be formatted
according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template
If appropriate, please make use of the ACM 1998 classification
scheme ( Submit papers using EasyChair at

Submissions do not need to be anonymised.

Review Process

The Web Science Programme Committee covers all areas of Web
Science. Each submission will be refereed by three Programme Committee members and one short meta review written by a Co-Programme Committee chair, to cover both the research background of each submission as well as the necessary interdisciplinary aspects.

Digital Library

All accepted papers and posters will by default appear in the Web
Science 2015 Conference Proceedings and can also be made available
through the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of
the submission unless indicated otherwise (those wishing not to be
indexed and archived can ‘opt out’ of the proceedings).

Important Dates

  • 20 Mar 2015 Deadline for paper and poster submissions
  • 30 Apr 2015 Paper/poster notification
  • 15 May 2015 Paper/poster camera-ready

Programme Chairs

Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in
Information Studies, UCLA

Pete Burnap, School of Computer Science & Informatics,
Cardiff University, UK

Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology, Web Science Institute
University of Southampton, UK

Web Science & Big Data Analytics Summer School at NUS – Registration Live

Location: National University of Singapore

NUS Logo

Dates: 8 – 15 December 2014

UPDATE – Registration and Summer school website are now live

Click here for the Summer School website

Click here for the Registration Site

The deadline for Registration is 22nd November (Student) and 30th November (General Participants/Non-Student).


The Web increasingly provides a vehicle for diverse elements of modern society ranging from gaming to business, government to education and from crime to policing. The data generated grows not only in volume but also in variety and velocity. These key traits create big data – both ON the Web and big data ABOUT the Web. This is an unprecedented opportunity to gain insight into the ways in which the Web drives new social models which are changing the way we publish and consume information, how we behave online and what it means to have privacy.

With this opportunity comes the challenge of distributed big data analytics, trust and provenance and building systems which can interoperate across technical, legal and cultural borders. Web Science brings a strong interdisciplinary approach to understanding the technical and social elements of an evolving Web Eco-system and has proposed tools such as the
Web Observatory to gather, analyse and curate web data individually but also forming part of a growing global collective network of observatories through which new insights and new approaches to analytics are being developed.

This workshop continues our program of best practice in Web Science and Big Data Analytics. We are delighted to welcome a program of speakers who will complement our hands-on work with Web Observatories during the event with insights into emerging trends and the future direction of Web Science.

Who should attend:

This event welcomes academic staff, MSc and PhD students, industry and government employees who want to learn about big data analytics on and about the Web.

Programme chairs:

  • Professor Tat-Seng Chua, NUS, Singapore
  • Professor Wendy Hall, University of Southampton, UK

Speakers include:

  • Professor Kian Lee Tan, NUS, Singapore
  • Professor Minyen Kan, NUS, Singapore
  • Professor Susan Halford, Southampton
  • Dr Thanassis Tiropanis, Southampton
  • Professor David De Roure, Oxford
  • Professor Yike Huo, Imperial
  • Professor Ramesh Jain, UCI
  • Professor Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, China
  • Professor Sung-Hyon Maeng, KAIST, S Korea
  • Dr Peter Burnap, University of Cardiff
  • Dr Matt Williams, University of Cardiff


  • Dr Ramine Tinati, Southampton
  • Dr Xin Wang, Southampton

There is no charge for attendance at the Summer School  but attendees will be expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses. Student accommodation has been reserved at NUS for Summer School participants on a first come, first served basis

Workshop sponsors:

  • British High Commission
  • WST
  • NUS

Additional opportunities for sponsorship are available – please contact program chairs for details.

Web Science Summer School Southampton

The University of Southampton is hosting the W3S Web Science summer school from the 20th to the 26th of July. The course is aimed at Masters and PhD students studying Web Science or a related discipline who wish to learn more about the tools and methods required to manage and process the increasingly large and complex data from the web.

Over the week there will be talks from several keynote speakers including:

  • Prof. James Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications
  • Cory Efram Doctorow
  • Chris Welty
  • Prof. Guus Schreiber

For more information including details on how to apply can be found online here.

To see the full programme and keynote speakers, click here.


Big Social Data with COSMOS

We are delighted to welcome Dr Pete Burnap from the university of Cardiff to talk about COSMOS their on-line social media observatory.

The aim of COSMOS is to establish a coordinated interdisciplinary UK response to “Big Social Data”. COSMOS is developing a research programme to address next-generation research questions that focus upon the challenges posed by big social data to government, digital economy, security & privacy, and civil society, that will form an evidence base to lead policy development and practice. This empirical programme is complemented by a focus on the ethical impact dimensions of big social data and the development of new methodological tools and technical/data solutions for UK academia. In this webinar the COSMOS team will provide an overview of their computational social science toolkit, which is designed for use by technical and non-technical researchers and policy makers with an interest in using big social data to pose questions of social scientific interest.

This Webinar is now over but you will be able to watch a recording below

The HackPad Q&A from the webinar remains live and can be found here

Web Science Institute launches at Royal Society

The University of Southampton celebrated 10 years of Web Science at a vibrant event at the Royal Society in London yesterday to officially launch the new Web Science Institute (WSI) which brings together the activities of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the Southampton/Fraunhofer joint venture (SoFWired), co-operations with other Web Science research groups via the Web Science Trust (WST) as well as more easily integrating interdisciplinary research from departments across the university.

Institute Directors Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Susan Halford, together with Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, were joined by other leading figures from Web and internet science, including the University’s newly appointed Visiting Professor Liam Maxwell, Government Chief Technology Officer, in a panel-led discussion on future developments. JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist at and Richard Susskind OBE, author, speaker and IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales also generously gave of their time to deliver keynote presentations that were both entertaining and insightful.

We are indebted to Alex Hovden for LiveBlog‘ing the event

The event also featured a Web Science Exhibition showcasing the Southampton Doctoral students’ research, SoFWIReD developments, the Web Observatory and the SOCIAM project, which examines the theory and practice of social machines in partnership with the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. SOCIAM features use of a Web Observatory as an academic instrument to study the mechanisms and dynamics of social machines and is cast as “a social machine for studying social machines”. The Exhibition included stands from the Open Data Institute, the Web Foundation and NOW Publishers.