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Register now for Web Science Conference 2017

REGISTER NOWRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteWEB SCIENCE 2017
June 26-28th, Troy, NY USA
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WebSci’17 is organised by the Rensselaer Web Science Research Center and the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • ACM/SIG Member ($500)
  • Non ACM/SIG Member ($560)
  • Student or Retiree ($380)

Note: Prices are subject to change after May 26, 2017 for late registration

Be a WebSci’17 Sponsor!

Platinum and Diamond Sponsorship packages include opportunities for employees from your company to be part of the conference.

Details on Sponsorship Packages

Interested? Please contact Jason Kuruzovich kuruzj@rpi.edu, +1 (518) 698-9910

Call for WWSSS 2018

On the beach at WWSSS 2016/ Steffen Staab ©2016
On the beach at WWSSS16/ Steffen Staab ©2016

The Steering Committee of the WSTNet Web Science Summer School (WWSSS) invites interested parties from commercial, academic or public domain to submit bids to host WWSSS in 2018. The call consists of two stages: first an expression of interest and second a full proposal.

Important dates

  • 15 June 2017: Deadline for expressions of interest
  • 15 July 2017: Notification and call for full proposals
  • 30 September 2017: Deadline for full proposals
  • 31 October 2017: Notification of acceptance Support and further information

For more details see visit the WWSSS18 Call page.

Debrett’s honours Web Science Trust Managing Director

Debretts honours Professor Dame Wendy HallOur Managing Director, Professor Dame Wendy Hall joins Jimmy Wales (Co-Founder, Wikipedia), and Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, (Founder of the Internet educational charity, Doteveryone and contributor to our recent WebScience@10 TV Channel), along with many other luminaries in this years’ Debrett’s 500 list.

Described as ‘a leading light in the development of web services’, Dame Wendy is recognised by Debrett’s for her pioneering role as one of the first computer scientists to embark on serious research into multi- and hyper-media technologies before the existence of the World Wide Web. A Professor of Computer Science within Electronics & Computer Science, Dame Wendy also draws praise as a founding director of the the Web Science Trust, alongside Web pioneer, and WST Senior Fellow, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Compiled in consultation with independent expert practitioners and commentators in each of the categories, The Debrett’s 500 was launched in 2014 to identify and celebrate the most influential people in British society. All the people in the Debrett’s 500 are scrutinised for their level of influence in shaping the lives, choices and ideas of others. Dame Wendy has featured in every Debrett’s 500 list since its launch.

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.

Highlights of 2016

Our Web Science Manifesto

For the Web to succeed, we need to understand its societal challenges including increased crime, the impact of social platforms and socio-economic discrimination, and we must work towards fairness, social inclusion, and open governance.

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Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Managing Director, Web Science Trust

Jim Hendler
Professor Jim Hendler, Chair, Web Science Trust

Steffen Staab
Professor Steffen Staab, Chair, WSTNet

Web Science is even more important now than it was when the field was launched ten years ago, say Professors Dame Wendy Hall, Jim Hendler, and Steffen Staab in our Web Science Manifesto, published earlier this week at WebScience@10.

While recognising the huge influence the Web has had on our lives since its foundations were defined by Tim Berners-Lee 27 years ago, the Hall, Hendler, and Staab focus their attention on how Web Science tackles the  unforeseen social outcomes of this era-defining technical innovation. They discuss the digital divide that separates those who have and those who do not have access to the Web – the challenges we must understand to find a viable balance between data ownership and privacy protection, and between over-whelming surveillance and the prevention of terrorism.

To find out more read our Web Manifesto (pdf download).

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.

ACM Web Science 2017 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute https://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/22392839289/ Wesley Fryer ©2016 cc by https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ Wesley Fryer ©2016/ cc by

WebSci17 is taking place at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, co-chaired by Professor Deborah L McGuinness (Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair and Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science at RPI) and Professor Peter Fox (Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Cognitive Science at RPI). Program Chairs are Dr Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (GESIS) and Professor Paolo Boldi (Univ Milano).

Save the dates!

  • Notify intention to submit: 1 March 2017
  • Submit papers: 8 March 2017
  • Submit extended abstracts: 1 May 1 2017
  • Conference: 26 – 28 June 2017
  • Workshops: 25 June 2017

Brochure Celebrating 10 years of Web Science

Professor Rodney Brooks welcomes the press at the initial launch of the Web Science Research Initiative at MIT in 2006, with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Daniel Weitzner and Nigel Shadbolt.
2006 – Rodney Brooks with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Daniel Weitzner and Nigel Shadbolt at the launch of the Web Science Research Initiative.

On 11 August 2006 the academic discipline of Web Science was born with the publication of ‘Creating a Science of the Web’ in the journal Science. The paper’s authors, Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, James Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt, and Daniel Weitzner, set out their concerns about the future of the Web, and highlighted the need to establish a clear research agenda ‘aimed at understanding the current, evolving, and potential Web’. This call to action kickstarted a programme that led to the creation of the Web Science Trust, and the development of Web Science research throughout the world.

As the Web Science community comes together at  WebSci’16 (our 8th ACM conference), please download our brochure, and join us in celebrating the diversity of international multidisciplinary research that has developed over the past 10 years: A Celebration of 10 Years of the Science of the Web (5.7MB pdf).

Dame Wendy joins the “Inspiring Fifty”

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Professor Dame Wendy Hall introducing the Cross-Institute Datathon/Digichamps ©2015/cc by-nc

Web Science Trust Managing Director, Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named one of the top most inspirational women in European technology by the Inspiring Fifty programme. Recognising Dame Wendy’s prominent global role in the development of the Semantic Web, and the academic discipline of Web Science (which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year), judges on the Inspiring Fifty panel acknowledged the significant part she has played in encouraging women into Science, Engineering and Technology. Dame Wendy has, they say:

“shattered many glass ceilings … to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others”.

In addition to her work at the WST, Dame Wendy is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. One of the first computer scientists to work in ground-breaking multimedia and hypermedia research, Dame Wendy’s contribution is of international significance. She currently leads Semantic Web application research, and explores the interface between the life sciences and physical sciences.