Category Archives: Events

Web Science Institute Launches June 12th

A new Web Science Institute (WSI) combining the resources of the university of Southampton Web Science  doctoral training centre, the SoFWired collaboration with the Frauenhofer Institute and the Web Science Trust (WST).

The Web is the largest information system ever constructed and a social and technical phenomenon that has transformed the world and continues to do so in innovative and unexpected ways that will shape our future. We can’t predict how the Web will change our society, but Southampton has taken a lead in developing new forms of economic, social, political, technological and cultural resources based on a deep understanding of the Web’s technologies and social construction.

The Web Science Institute (WSI) will act as a focal point, co-ordinating and putting into practice education, research and enterprise initiatives on web-related developments at the University of Southampton. Its aim is to secure a sustainable future for multi-disciplinary research across the University that has Web Science at its core by:

• focusing on interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships;

• demonstrating clear ambition, adaptability and innovation;

• leveraging the visionary leadership and outstanding staff and student expertise across the University;

• providing a platform for significant investment by Government and external partners;

• showcasing unique and creative education programmes that set new standards internationally.

The Institute will be directed by a multi-disciplinary team drawn from across the University and led by Web Science pioneers Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall says: “There is a ‘perfect storm’ brewing which combines open data, open education and open research, so this is a very exciting time to be launching the Web Science Institute.”

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt says: “The open data movement is one example of how the web is evolving, empowering individuals and communities to achieve phenomenal ends. The Web Science Institute will help us to understand this evolution.”

The other WSI Directors are Professor Leslie Carr from the Web Science DTC; Dr Graeme Earl from Humanities; Professor Susan Halford from Social and Human Sciences; and Dr Lisa Harris from Business and Law.

Build Peace – Peace through Technology

April 5 -6 2014, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

The Build Peace Conference brings together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Technology is altering how we engage with the world, offering new avenues for social change. Over the course of two days, we will explore how information and communications technologies, games, networking platforms and other tools can enhance the impact of a broad range of peacebuilding, social cohesion and peace advocacy initiatives. Most ICT4Peace discussions focus on early warning and crisis response. Few pay attention to the use of technology for attitude and behaviour change, collaboration, dialogue, or policy advocacy. Build Peace aims to complement existing forums by expanding the discussion to encompass other important areas of peacebuilding practice.

For more information on the conference program and upcoming details of the conference live streams, visit the Build Peace or follow on Twitter @howtobuildpeace (or #buildpeace )

Los Angeles Web Observatory Workshop (LA WOW)

USC images

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to invite you to our upcoming Web Observatory Workshop (WOW) – a “hands-on” event in LA. These events are held periodically around the world and are intended to bring together practitioners from business, research and government to understand and develop the concepts around the Web Observatory.

As you may know, Web Observatories are repositories of knowledge gathered about the interaction of the Web and its users, which help us to understand new patterns of behaviour which emerge at Web scale. Consider that one tweet typically has little impact but 500 million tweets per day create a representation of global sentiment on a range of topics that is truly unique. If you already have a system of this kind (or are planning to build one) you may use some other term rather than “Observatory” but the principle remains the same.

Together with our members and partners (USC and Southampton University) the Web Science Trust will be sponsoring this event to consider the opportunities with Observatories, the status of Observatory deployments and interoperation and our particular focus this time will be around methods for efficiently storing, querying, analysing and visualising distributed data at scale and the resulting analytics across Observatories.

We are particularly keen to welcome experts and practitioners from industry in key areas such as:

* Big Data Analytics
* High performance Cloud computing
* Data warehousing
* Triple Store technologies
* Web Analytics/Visualisation

You are encouraged to work in focussed groups to address live Observatory challenges with other organisations and researchers and particularly to BYOD (Bring Your Own Data) if you have data sets that can be shared.

The LA Web Observatory Workshop (WOW) will be held on the 13th-14th March starting with a briefing and introduction to projects and continues the following day with group research and the presentation of results. The event will be held at USC and further joining instructions will be sent closer to the event.

Spaces are limited so please do RSVP by email to Jane Morgan ( to indicate if you are planning to attend. For questions about the event please contact Jane Morgan or Ramine Tinati (

We look forward to your participation.

Kind Regards,
Ian Brown for the Web Science Trust (

NodeXL for graph-based data

Dr Marc Smith spoke to us in February about NodeXL – a leading tool integrated with Microsoft Excel for mapping and manipulation of graph-based data.


A high-res version of the video is available on Vimeo

This event is now over but the HackPad discussion is available below:


<div>View <a href=””>Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL</a> on Hackpad.</div>

ACM WebSci 2014 – 23-26 June Bloomington, USA

This year’s ACM WebSci conference will be held in Bloomington and hosted by Indiana University.

The conference web site is located at

Key dates

17 Jan 2014: workshop proposals
31 Jan 2014: workshop notification
23 Feb 2014: paper submissions
23 Mar 2014: poster submissions
13 Apr 2014: paper/posters notification
15 Apr 2014: data challenge submissions
11 May 2014: paper/poster camera-ready