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Southampton WebSci centre for doctoral training

Southampton’s new CDTs are in addition to the 72 Centres unveiled by the EPSRC back in November 2013, when three new CDTs involving also Southampton were announced.

The University is leading the CDT in Web Science Innovation, which will train 65 students, says the university – that’s 13 students per year over five years – to innovate in the shaping of Web growth, Web practices and Web policy “to lead UK industry and government to reap the maximum economic and social value from its emerging digital economy”.

“Web Science offers the insights necessary to understand the flow of data and knowledge around the globe, and the social and technical processes that can turn gigabytes and terabytes of raw data and into valuable new applications or evidence-based policy, said Professor Les Carr, one of the directors of the CDT in Web Science Innovation.

“It also helps us appreciate the threats to our online identities but also the opportunities of allowing our personal digital avatars to participate in new kinds of online businesses, online politics and online social engagements.”

– See more at: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/university-electronics/university-of-southampton/southampton-boasts-two-new-centres-for-doctoral-training-2014-01/#sthash.77u7X8a2.dpuf

WebSci ACM Conference 2014 – 23-26 June

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ACM WebSci14 (http://www.websci14.org/) will be hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

 

The ACM Web Science 2014 Conference will be hosted on the beautiful campus of Indiana University, Bloomington from June 23 to June 26, 2014.

Web Science studies the vast information network of people, communities, organizations, applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the largest artifact constructed by humans in history. Computing, physical, and social sciences come together, complementing each other in understanding how the Web affects our interactions and behaviors.

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.

Health, Wealth, Innovation – Scotland

Health Web Science was in the spotlight at Horizon Scotland near Inverness over the 17-18th September at the Health, Wealth, Innovation conference organised jointly by CFAL Scotland, the World Health Organisation and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This international conference was had the primary theme of Health, Wealth, Innovation and was an exclusive gathering of healthcare leaders from UK, Africa and Asia to network, learn and innovate about how new web technologies could address the challenges of a rapidly growing and ageing world population.

Elizabeth Brooks and Grant Cummings (who also organised the Health Web Science workshop at websci12) presented an enthusiastic view of how web scientists could contribute to the development of public health applications.