Build Peace 2015 – Peace through Technology will take place in Cyprus on April 25-26, 2015. It will discuss the emergence of alternative infrastructures for peace through three key topics: behaviour change, empowerment and impact. (see here for more information).
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Prof Dame Wendy Hall on a panel discussing Web Science for the BBC Click podcast.
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Recorded Nov 2014
The University of Southampton is hosting the W3S Web Science summer school from the 20th to the 26th of July. The course is aimed at Masters and PhD students studying Web Science or a related discipline who wish to learn more about the tools and methods required to manage and process the increasingly large and complex data from the web.
Over the week there will be talks from several keynote speakers including:
- Prof. James Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications
- Cory Efram Doctorow
- Chris Welty
- Prof. Guus Schreiber
For more information including details on how to apply can be found online here.
To see the full programme and keynote speakers, click here.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Pete Burnap from the university of Cardiff to talk about COSMOS their on-line social media observatory.
The aim of COSMOS is to establish a coordinated interdisciplinary UK response to “Big Social Data”. COSMOS is developing a research programme to address next-generation research questions that focus upon the challenges posed by big social data to government, digital economy, security & privacy, and civil society, that will form an evidence base to lead policy development and practice. This empirical programme is complemented by a focus on the ethical impact dimensions of big social data and the development of new methodological tools and technical/data solutions for UK academia. In this webinar the COSMOS team will provide an overview of their computational social science toolkit, which is designed for use by technical and non-technical researchers and policy makers with an interest in using big social data to pose questions of social scientific interest.
This Webinar is now over but you will be able to watch a recording below
The HackPad Q&A from the webinar remains live and can be found here
The University of Southampton celebrated 10 years of Web Science at a vibrant event at the Royal Society in London yesterday to officially launch the new Web Science Institute (WSI) which brings together the activities of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the Southampton/Fraunhofer joint venture (SoFWired), co-operations with other Web Science research groups via the Web Science Trust (WST) as well as more easily integrating interdisciplinary research from departments across the university.
Institute Directors Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Susan Halford, together with Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, were joined by other leading figures from Web and internet science, including the University’s newly appointed Visiting Professor Liam Maxwell, Government Chief Technology Officer, in a panel-led discussion on future developments. JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist at Salesforce.com and Richard Susskind OBE, author, speaker and IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales also generously gave of their time to deliver keynote presentations that were both entertaining and insightful.
We are indebted to Alex Hovden for LiveBlog‘ing the event
The event also featured a Web Science Exhibition showcasing the Southampton Doctoral students’ research, SoFWIReD developments, the Web Observatory and the SOCIAM project, which examines the theory and practice of social machines in partnership with the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. SOCIAM features use of a Web Observatory as an academic instrument to study the mechanisms and dynamics of social machines and is cast as “a social machine for studying social machines”. The Exhibition included stands from the Open Data Institute, the Web Foundation and NOW Publishers.
Applying Data Science means more than just writing machine learning algorithms or plotting correlations. In a business context it requires a break from the traditional BI culture and embracing a multi-departmental process. In academia, this might translate to a strongly multi-disciplinary approach and an understanding of the latest technological advances. Data Science Models need to fit in an organisation’s production workflow, be focused on specific problems, and above all be repeatable. In this webinar, the Pivotal Data Labs team will share best practices and lessons learned in the trenches helping large organisations in various fields adopt data science.
The Webinar is now over – you can view a recording on our Vimeo Channel
Inspired by the pioneering work of the World Wide Web Foundation and the global ‘Web We Want’ campaign, Southbank Centre announces a major festival spanning Sep 2014 – May 2015 that looks at the extraordinary impact the web has had on individuals, governments and societies at large.
The ‘Web We Want’ festival is dedicated to the idea that the World Wide Web can empower people to bring about positive change both in their own life and in the lives of others. Launching in September this year, The ‘Web We Want’ festival asks how we can guarantee a free and open Web and how we as individuals can be free on the Web.
For more details go to the website
April 5 -6 2014, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
The Build Peace Conference brings together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Technology is altering how we engage with the world, offering new avenues for social change. Over the course of two days, we will explore how information and communications technologies, games, networking platforms and other tools can enhance the impact of a broad range of peacebuilding, social cohesion and peace advocacy initiatives. Most ICT4Peace discussions focus on early warning and crisis response. Few pay attention to the use of technology for attitude and behaviour change, collaboration, dialogue, or policy advocacy. Build Peace aims to complement existing forums by expanding the discussion to encompass other important areas of peacebuilding practice.
For more information on the conference program and upcoming details of the conference live streams, visit the Build Peace websitewww.howtobuildpeace.com or follow on Twitter @howtobuildpeace (or #buildpeace )
Join us on March 20th at 16:00 for a Webinar with Prof. Dave de Roure from the Oxford eResearch Centre (OeRC).
The Webinar is now over but you can watch a recording on our Vimeo channel