Category Archives: WSTNet News

ACM Hypertext 2016

Charlie Hargood with ACMHT'16 Best Paper Award/David Millard ©2016
Charlie Hargood with Best Paper Award/David Millard ©2016

Here at WST HQ in Southampton we’ve been following events at Hypertext 2016 in Halifax, Canada over the past few days. It was a brilliant conference for our WSTNet colleagues in from the University of Southampton – with Charlie Hargood and Dave Millard picking up the Douglas Engelbart Best Paper Award. Their paper, co-authored with Verity Hunt and Mark Weal, focusses on location aware hypertext – an emerging form of digital storytelling. 

Hossein Derakhshan UMAP’16 Keynote/David Millard ©2016

On the final day HT’16 linked with UMAP’16 and included a riveting keynote from ‘the blog father’ Hossein Derakhshan.

To get a flavour of the conference see: “ACM Hypertext 2016” on Storify, and conference proceedings.

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.

Saving the Web Symposium

Putting Data to Work Panel
Putting Data to Work Panel/Wendy Hall ©2016

Co-sponsored by WST, and hosted by our managing director, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, the “Saving the Web” symposium held yesterday at the John W Kluge Center, Washington, provided a great opportunity for Web scientists to share knowledge on preserving the ephemeral Web. The symposium featured contributions from TCP/IP co-inventor and Google Internet Evangelist, Vin Cerf, Web archivists, Abbie Grotke (Library of Congress), and Jefferson Bailey (Internet Archive), WST chair, James Hendler, and many other speakers.

Professor Hall took up the post of Kluge Chair in Technology & Society in March this year, and the Symposium, together with its associated Datathon (Archives Unleashed), marked the culmination of her 3-month tenure.

To get a taste of the Symposium, and outputs from the Datathon, view “Save the Web Symposium” on Storify.

Jim Hendler’s Keynote at ESWC 2016

Jim Hendler at ESWC 2016/ John Dominique ©2016/cc by
Jim Hendler at ESWC 2016/ John Dominique ©2016/cc by

WST Chair, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences, Jim Hendler gave the keynote address at the European Semantic Web Conference 2016 in Heraklion, Crete this morning. In his talk, W(h)ither OWL in a Linked Data, Knowledge Graphed World?, Professor Hendler discussed the limitations of Web Ontology Language (OWL), a Semantic Web logic-based language that is used to represent relations between things. His talk focused on how and why the adoption OWL has failed to live up to expectations, and the possible futures of knowledge description on the Web.

See “Jim Hendler’s Keynote at ESWC 2016” on Storify.

Web Science Conference 2016

10 Years of Web Science Panel/Nick Bennett ©2016/ cc by-nd
10 Years of Web Science Panel/Nick Bennett ©2016/ cc by-nd
The 8th International ACM Web Science Conference, held this week in Hannover, Germany was one of the busiest in the conference’s history. Organised by the L3S Research Center, the 4 day conference comprised 3 panel sessions4 workshops5 tutorials, 6 keynotes9 paper presentation sessions, a hackathon, and an Entrepreneurship Track. To get a taste of the diversity of work shown at the conference, view “Web Science Conference 2016” on Storify.
To find out more about the academic discipline of Web Science, download our brochure, “Celebrating 10 years of Web Science“.