Category Archives: Web Science Trust News

WSTNet Lab hosts “Web: Science and Industry” Symposium

On 5 May 2011, a Symposium entitled “Web: Science and Industry” was hosted by the WSTNet Tsinghua-Southampton Web Science Laboratory at Shenzhen.  The aim of the Sympoisum was to build the connection between Industry and Science in the Web Science domain. The Symposium was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shenzhen and was sponsored by Syzygy Enterprise.

The Symposium described state-of-art of Web Technologies. Several leading scholars, including Jianping Wu, Maosong Sun, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and Jim Hendler proposed the vision of Web Science for the future.   Many important internet companies including Tencent QQ, China Telecom, ZTE were invited to present their perspectives on how to bridge science and industry in the domain.  In particular, the academic  and industrial representatives discussed the future of Web Science and how to apply advanced Web Technologies to industry. The Symposium played a key role in promoting the industrialisation of Web Science.

Presentation topics included:

We Are the Web: The Future of the Social Machine – Jim Hendler (RPI)

An Overview of Web Science Research at the Network Institute in Amsterdam – Hans Akkermans (VU University)

Research Activities of Division of Web Science and Technology at KAIST – Chin-Wan Chung (KAIST, Korea)

How the Web of Data will Change the World – Nigel Shadbolt and Hugh Glaser (University of Southampton)

ZTE’s vision on Cloud Computing – Lin Chong (ZTE)

Web Science Meets Network Science

The Third International Workshop on Network Theory: Web Science Meets Network Science was organised by the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Laboratory at Northwestern University, the Annenberg Network of Networks (ANN) at the University of Southern California, and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). It was hosted at the Northwestern University on 4 – 6 March 2011.

Although the weather in Evanston turned surly, members of the SONIC lab, along with some of the most influential and brilliant scholars involved in Network and Web Science, discussed the future of the field, major challenges, and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The workshop organisers hoped to frame a new research agenda by leveraging the commonalities and distinctive contributions of Web Science and Network Science, and to formulate questions of interest to both communities.


  • Noshir Contractor, SONIC, Northwestern
  • Manuel Castells, ANN, USC
  • Peter Monge, ANN, USC
  • Brian Uzzi, NICO, Northwestern
  • Kevin Lynch, NICO, Northwestern

Academic Minute

The World Wide Web is one of the most transformative technologies of modern times, changing the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we date, the way we interact with our government and just about every other aspect of modern life. Over 75% of Americans, and nearly 30% of the world’s population use the Web — it has also become a primary engine of innovation and development for our nation, and around the world.

Unfortunately, the Web also has a dark side — our children are exposed to violence and pornography in a way they never have been before; bullies, criminals and terrorists use the Web in new and troubling ways; and we are being forced to rethink privacy and control of personal information in our ever-increasingly networked world.

Given the importance of the Web to the modern world, it is surprising for many people to discover how little we understand it at a deep, scientific, level. Understanding the Web requires knowing it’s math, it’s social impacts, and how to engineer it’s future. I have been involved with a number of my colleagues in creating a new interdisciplinary area called “web science” to help answer these questions. The Web has become a critical piece of international infrastructure, we must learn to understand it to keep it, not only functioning, but free, open, and fun.


Prof James Hendler

Tetherless World Constellation Chair & Asst Dean of IT and Web Science

Computer and Cognitive Science Depts


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY 12180

@jahendler, twitter

Web Science Trust Directors host private dinner at the WWW 2011 Conference in Hyderabad, India

WST Directors Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Nigel Shadbolt hosted a private dinner this week at the Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, coinciding with the WWW 2011 Conference. 

Distinguished guests from both industry and academia, including Microsoft Research India, Wipro Technologies, W3C India, Infosys Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, International Institute of Informtion Technology, Bangalore, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, were able to discuss the Trust’s plans to grow Web Science activity in India, particularly through the establishment of Web Science Research Laboratories.

Before dinner Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the Web, outlined the importance of Web Science for Industry, academia, government and global society at large.

Tim Berners-Lee receives inaugural Gorbachev Award

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web and a Founder Director of the Web Science Trust, was honoured last night at a special 80th birthday celebration for former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Mr Gorbachev had chosen Sir Tim, along Ted Turner and Evans Wadongo, as the first recipients of the Mikhail Gorbachev awards.

The Inaugural Gorbachev Awards were presented in three categories, intended to reflect the former Soviet leader’s own achievements in the world. Mr Gorbachev, who turned 80 earlier this month, is widely credited with ending the Cold War and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.

The three ‘Man Who Changed the World’ awards were: ‘Glasnost’, awarded to Ted Turner for his ‘contribution to the development of the culture of an open world’.

‘Uskorenie’ was awarded to Mr Wadongo for his “contribution to the development of modern science and technology”.

‘Perestroika’ was awarded to Sir Tim for his “contribution to the development of global civilisation”. Sir Tim created the World Wide Web in 1990.

Mr Gorbachev said: “These three people have each, in their own way, changed the world for their fellow men and women in ways which affect all our lives. Each and every one possesses the ability to make a difference and the Gorbachev Awards have been established to those people who achieve this and to provide inspiration to all of us to try.”