Category Archives: WSTNet Events

WSTNet Web Science Summer School 2017 – St Petersburg, Russia

This years’ Web Science Network (WSTNet) Summer School (WWSSS17) is being held from July 1 to July 8, 2017 at St. Petersburg, Russia. Organised by the Web Science Trust and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, and ITMO University, St Petersburg, the School includes keynotes from:

Wendy Hall
Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Managing Director, Web Science Trust

Professor Tat-Seng Chua
Professor Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore

Professor Jeremy Wyatt
Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Wessex Institute of Health & Research, UK

Dr Pete Burnap
Dr Pete Burnap, Cardiff University, UK

As well as lectures tackling major trends in Web Science, the Summer School provides hands-on training in data processing, analysis and methods, team work, and opportunities to present current research. Participants work on specific tasks linked to the datasets provided, and will be mentored by local instructors. All teams will present the results of their work on the last day of the school.

For more information see the WWSSS17 website.

WebScience@10 Panel Videos

Preparing for first panel debates at WebScience@10

Distinguished panel debates held at WebScience@10 are published today as standalone videos. The panels were recorded as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations held at Norton Rose Fulbright, London on 29 November 2016.

Panel 1: Bill Thompson (Chair), Professor Dame Wendy Hall (Web Science Trust), Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Open Data Institute), Doc Searles (independent blogger), Liz Brandt (Ctrl-Shift) and Matt McNeill (Google Cloud Platform) debate the past, present and future of trust on the Web.

Panel 2:  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-Southampton Web Science Lab) come together to discuss the achievements of Web Science research and the challenges ahead.

WebScience@10

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.

Storify’s

  • 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.

Web Science Summer School 2016

Web Science Summer School
On the beach at WWSSS16/ Steffen Staab ©2016

This years’ Web Science Summer School featured keynotes from WST chair, Jim Hendler, and board member, Noshir Contractor. Hosted by the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, the School ran between 30 June and 6 July. A range of tutorials and project work covering Computational Social Science, Social Machines, Politics, Entrepreneurship, and Law were run for the 20+ participants.

To get a taste of the Summer School, see “Web Science Summer School 2016” on Storify, and presentation slides.

The hi:project webinar

The hi:project webinar

The hi:project aims to improve privacy, decentralization, digital inclusion and accessibility, and inculcate a citizen-centric Internet of Things rather than some Skynet dystopia. The team believes it can achieve this by supplanting the user interface (UI) with the human interface (HI).

This is a high-level presentation of the themes and  challenges for the project and a call for interested parties to get involved.

The Webinar is now over but you can watch a recording of the Webinar or go to the hi:project website.

 

July Webinar with Wolfgang Nejdl – ALEXANDRIA

We are delighted to welcome Wolfgang Nejdl from L3S to talk about his work in our July webinar

The Webinar is now over but you can watch the video below

Comments and questions to the hackpad

ALEXANDRIA – Temporal Retrieval, Exploration and Analytics in Web archives.

Abstract:

The Web is one of the most important socio-technical systems of our time, mirroring trivia and popular culture, propaganda and politics,
literature and high culture. Yet we have only very limited capabilities
for accessing and exploring the past of the Web, in stark contrast to
what we could learn from it. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Within ALEXANDRIA, we want to provide at least some of the tools
enabling us to analyze the past, based on what is and what was available on the Web. Our goal in ALEXANDRIA is to significantly advance semantic and time-based indexing for Web archives using human-compiled knowledge available on the Web, to efficiently index, retrieve and explore information about entities and events from the past. In doing so, we will focus on the concurrent evolution of this knowledge and the Web content to be indexed, and take into account diversity and incompleteness of this knowledge.

We will further investigate mixed crowd- and machine-based Web analytics to support long-running and collaborative retrieval and analysis processes on Web archives. Usage of implicit human feedback will be essential to provide better indexing through insights during the analysis process and to better focus harvesting of content.

Finally, finding an equilibrium between the user’s right to privacy and
the public’s right to information is a key goal of ALEXANDRIA, and
bringing together both legal knowledge and privacy-preserving data
mining models and algorithms is crucial to accomplish that goal.

Boston WOW (Web Observatory Workshop) Oct 9th 2013

Boston Web Observatory Workshop (WOW) – 2013
Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA (room tbc)

Date: 9th October 2013

Time: 09:30 – 17:30

Overview
The Boston Web Observatory Workshop (WOW) builds upon the success of the 1st international workshop on ‘Building Web Observatories’ held at Web Science 2013 in Paris, France, the 1st International Web Observatory Workshop at the World Wide Web Conference in Rio, Brazil, and the recent technical Web Observatory Workshop held at Stanford University in August 2013. The Boston WOW aims to draw together researchers and students from across the academic fields and WSTNet labs in order to discuss the current progress of the worldwide efforts in building and supporting the Web Observatory vision. Held at the MIT, this promises to be a great setting to drive forward the Web Observatory project and help foster a collaborative working environment for attendees.

The workshop is inviting participants to share and present their current research that relates to Web Observatory topics such as infrastructure and technical design, data aggregation, dataset harmonisation, data analytics, visualisations and representation, and also legality and policy decisions. The workshop will provide an environment for those that wish to engage and have a hands-on session with data and tools, and invites participants to bring along datasets and analytical tools to share and discuss with other participants. The workshop will be suitable for both those interested in operations and technologies, and sessions will be supported by researchers and industry partners already involved in the Web Observatory.

The Boston WOW will be a full-day event and aims to cater for a wide variety of interests, from hands-on sessions to small focus groups. The informal unconference approach encourages participants to freely participate in sessions of interest to them, with an aim of establishing and agreeing on a number of collaborative projects within and between WSTNet labs and other participants.

Goals

In short, the goals of the workshop are:

  • To identify the current cutting edge research related to the Web Observatory project from WSTNet labs and other participants
  • To discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Web Observatory for society and government (including crisis-management, health, education)
  • To identify the research challenges of secure, distributed, interoperable, and efficient infrastructures for Web Observatories
  • To establish short-term and long-term collaborative projects between participants (not necessarily technical)
  • To identify and share the latest technologies, tools and techniques available for harvesting, storing and analysing datasets
  • To facilitate a hands-on session for participants interested in working with available Web Observatory data. The workshop encourages participants to bring along and share their datasets (closed and open) and tools for Web Observatory purposes
  • To set deliverables and actions for the next Web Observatory technical meeting

 

Call for Presentations, Talks, Datasets, and Tools

Participants are invited to provide the following:

  • Short 10-20 minute presentations or tutorials regarding their current work related to Web Observatories infrastructure, technologies, analytics, visualisations, policy design, governance models, legal issues
  • Datasets for the hands-on sessions Open or closed datasets of a variety of topics and formats – the more the better
  • Tools, analytical techniques, and visualisation approaches
  • Prototype systems, visualisation frameworks and current Big Data approaches for Web scale analytics

 

Participants that wish to take part in Boston WOW should email their interests to the contact email address below, indicating whether they are able to present and/or provide resources (data, tools, tutorials).

Key Dates, Registration and Important Information
Participants wishing to present, submit data, or run a small discussion group (either technical or non-technical) are required to submit a short abstract (100-200 words) by 27th September 2013.

For those wishing to attend the workshop, please RSVP by the 27th September to the contacts given below. Places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Please also note, the workshop is free to attend, but travel costs cannot be covered.

Contact Details

For more information, questions or comments, please contact:
Dani O’shea (event coordinator) – dpos2v12@soton.ac.uk
Ramine Tinati (workshop organiser) – rt506@ecs.soton.ac.uk

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.

Web Science in Brazil 2012

Title: Web Science in Brazil 2012
Description: The Third Workshop of the Brazilian Institute for Web Science Research
Start Date: 2012-12-04
End Date: 2012-12-05

The Third Workshop of the Brazilian Institute for Web Science Research will bring together the project participants to present their work in the five project areas, discuss about their ongoing activities and foster further collaboration. The workshop will take place on 03-05 Dec 2012, at PUC-Rio, in the RDC Auditorium.

The workshop program will consist of national and international keynote talks, panels, invited paper presentations, and prototype demonstrations.
Both full papers and position papers can be presented at the workshop. They must be presented in English, in 10 minutes each. At the end of each session, there will be a discussion on the session topic and the papers presented.

OERC Digital Research 2012

Title: OERC Digital Research 2012
Location: St Catherine’s College, Oxford
Link out: http://digital-research.oerc.ox.ac.uk/
Description: Digital Research 2012 brings together digital researchers from all areas to showcase their research and share the latest digital approaches – from Big Data Analytics and e-Infrastructure to Citizen Science and Software Sustainability.

Start Date: 2012-09-10
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 2012-09-12
End Time: 17:00

A number of WSTnet / Web Science Trust members will be participating including keynotes from Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University) on Web Science, Nigel Shadbolt (Government Information Adviser) on Open Data and a closing address by Kieron O’Hara (philosopher, computer scientist and political writer) – with Rob Procter speaking on twitter analytics, Stefan Staab on geolocated social media, and Informational Citzenship too.