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Web Science Summer School Southampton

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.

 

Big Social Data with COSMOS

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

Web Science Institute launches at Royal Society

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.

WEB SCIENCE AND THE MIND SUMMER SCHOOL

WEB SCIENCE AND THE MIND

JULY 7 – 18 2014

Universite du Québec à Montreal

Montreal, Canada

Registration: http://www.summer14.isc.uqam.ca/page/inscription.php?lang_id=2

Cognitive Science and Web Science have been converging in the study of cognition: 

(i) distributed within the brain 

(ii) distributed between multiple minds

(iii) distributed between minds and media

The four themes of the Summer Institute are:

(1) Homologies and analogies between minds and databases

(2) Interactions between individual minds and distributed databases

(3) Interactions between multiple minds and distributed databases

(4) Analysis of organization and activity in minds and distributed databases

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Katy BORNER Indiana U Humanexus: Envisioning Communication and Collaboration

Les CARR U Southampton Web Impact on Society

Simon DeDEO Indiana U Collective Memory in Wikipedia

Sergey DOROGOVTSEV U Aveiro Explosive Percolation

Alan EVANS Montreal Neurological Institute Mapping the Brain Connectome

Jean-Daniel FEKETE INRIA Visualizing Dynamic Interactions

Benjamin FUNG McGill U Applying Data Mining to Real-Life Crime Investigation

Fabien GANDON INRIA Social and Semantic Web: Adding the Missing Links

Lee GILES Pennsylvania State U Scholarly Big Data: Information Extraction and Data Mining

Peter GLOOR MIT Center for Collective Intelligence Collaborative Innovation Networks

Jennifer GOLBECK U Maryland You Can’t Hide: Predicting Personal Traits in Social Media

Robert GOLDSTONE Indiana U Learning Along with Others

Stephen GRIFFIN U Pittsburgh New Models of Scholarly Communication for Digital Scholarship

Wendy HALL U Southampton It’s All In the Mind

Harry HALPIN U Edinburgh Does the Web Extend the Mind – and Semantics?

Jiawei HAN U Illinois/Urbana Knowledge Mining in Heterogeneous Information Networks

Stevan HARNAD UQAM Memetrics: Monitoring Measuring and Mapping Memes

Jim HENDLER Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The Data Web

Tony HEY Microsoft Research Connections Open Science and the Web

Francis HEYLIGHEN Vrije U Brussel Global Brain: Web as Self-organizing Distributed Intelligence

Bryce HUEBNER Georgetown U Macrocognition: Situated versus Distributed

Charles-Antoine JULIEN Mcgill U Visual Tools for Interacting with Large Networks

Kayvan KOUSHA U Wolverhampton Web Impact Metrics for Research Assessment

Guy LAPALME U Montreal   Natural Language Processing on the Web

Vincent LARIVIERE U Montreal Scientific Interaction Before and Since the Web

Yang-Yu LIU Northeastern U Controllability and Observability of Complex Systems

Richard MENARY U Macquarie  Enculturated Cognition

Thomas MALONE MIT Collective Intelligence: What is it?  How to measure it?  Increase it?

Adilson MOTTER Northwestern U Bursts, Cascades and Time Allocation

Cameron NEYLON PLOS Network Ready Research: The Role of Open Source and Open Thinking 

Takashi NISHIKAWA Northwestern U Visual Analytics: Network Structure Beyond Communities

Filippo RADICCHI Indiana U Analogies between Interconnected and Clustered Networks

Mark ROWLANDS Miami U Extended Mentality: What It Is and Why It Matters

Robert RUPERT U Colorado What is Cognition and How Could it be Extended?

Derek RUTHS McGill U Social Informatics

Judith SIMON ITAS Socio-Technical Epistemology

John SUTTON Macquarie U Transactive Memory and Distributed Cognitive Ecologies

Georg THEINER Villanova U Domains and Dimensions of Group Cognition

Peter TODD Indiana U Foraging in the World Mind and Online

May Webinar – Data Science from the Trenches

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

 

The UK’s ‘Web We Want’ festival

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

Build Peace – Peace through Technology

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 )