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Call for Registration and Scholarship Applications for the Web Science Summer School 2018

Scholarship applications by 15 April 2018
Official registration open: 19 March 2018
Early bird registration by 7 May 2018
WWSSS summer school: 30 July – 5 August 2018

The Web Science Summer School 2018 (WWSSS’18) will be held in Hannover, Germany. It is hosted by L3S Research Center and will take place from 30.07.18 till 04.08.18.

Web Science is the emergent study of the people and technologies, applications, processes and practices that shape and are shaped by the World Wide Web. Web Science requires mining and understanding data from the Web, requiring both technical skills for handling big (Web) data as well as fundamental understanding of the social, psychological or legal aspects underpinning online activities.

The WWSSS’18 will address the inter-disciplinary field of Web Science by focusing on lectures which tackle the aforementioned challenges in topics such as data science and data mining, big data processing, information retrieval, Web governance as well as the sociology and psychology of online interactions.


The program includes keynote talks from prominent researchers in Web Science. Alongside lectures from experienced researchers, that will address major trends in Web Science, the Summer School will provide hands-on training in data processing, analysis and methods, team work, and opportunities to present current research. Participants shall 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.


Registration is open to everyone interested with a registration fee of
200 EUR (175 EUR for early bird registration). Full time-students enrolled for Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree in computer science, digital humanities and related fields may apply for scholarship grants funded by the SoBigData project. The organizing committee will evaluate all applications. Every attendee with a successful application will receive a fee waiver. In addition, a minimum budget 300 EUR is reserved for every successful applicant for travel and accommodation refunds.
More details are available on the website.

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Register now for Web Science Conference 2017

REGISTER NOWRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteWEB SCIENCE 2017
June 26-28th, Troy, NY USA

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, +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.