About Us
The Web Science Trust (WST) is a charity promoting the understanding of the Web, through education and research in the discipline of Web Science. It hosts the WSTNet network of top-class Web Science laboratories from...
About Web Science
Web Science is the interdisciplinary study of the World Wide Web, drawing on science, social science, law, and the humanities. Web Science hopes to change the Web for the better, and so includes engineering, not...
WST News
The latest news from the Web Science Trust. Noshir Contractor elected president of ICA Free DataRobot AI course Wendy Hall features in BBC’s Inside Science New – Untangling the Web Podcasts Shining a spotlight on...
Web Science Education
To ensure the Web serves future generations, the WST promotes and supports the development of Web Science curricula at all relevant educational levels around the world. Web Science Education Education is of paramount importance to...

Welcome to the Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust (WST) is a UK registered charity, established in 2009, with the aim of supporting the global development of Web Science. The Web Science Trust has established an international network (WSTNet), bringing together world-class research laboratories to support the Web Science research and education programme.

The origins of the Web Science Trust can be found in the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) which was established in 2006. Now we have assembled 20 world-class international research groups, founded a Summer School which is held in a different location each year, and run a series of international teaching and research events including an ACM Web Science conference now in its 12th year.

News

Noshir Contractor elected president of ICA
WST Trustee and Web Science researcher Prof Noshir  Contractor has been elected as next president of the prestigious ICA ( International  Communications Association)  Click here...
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Turing Institute COVID conference
The Alan Turing Institute is organizing a public conference and a series of follow-on events to assess the response of the UK’s data science and...
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Democracy and the COVID-19 pandemic: a new role for digital technologies
Democracy is under constant threat and permanent construction. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is now in the autumn of 2020 dominating how we all live our lives...
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UK/US Co-operate on AI
Click here to read the full document on the UK Gov website
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WSTNet Web Science Summer School 2021 (WWSSS2021)
Take-off into a new Decade of Web ScienceEach year the WSTNet Web Science Summer School (WWSSS) aims to offer participants the opportunity to enhance their...
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BBC Digital Planet Podcast
In a special edition podcast from the BBC's Digital Planet, four key speakers from the 12th ACM Web Science Conference spoke with programme presenter Gareth...
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Shining a spotlight on Web Science – a resounding success
Southampton’s ACM Web Science Conference (#WebSci20) was a resounding success with more than 270 people from around the world gathering at the international conference to...
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Web Futures: Inclusive, Intelligent, Sustainable. The 2020 Manifesto for Web Science
People have created the Web, and the Web has changed the world. How should the Web evolve, how will and how should it affect us...
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About Web Science

Web Science is the interdisciplinary study of the World Wide Web, drawing on science, social science, law, and the humanities. Web Science hopes to change the Web for the better, and so includes engineering, not only analysis.

Nothing like the Web has ever happened in all of human history. The scale of its impact and the rate of its adoption are unparalleled. This is a great opportunity as well as an obligation. If we are to ensure the Web benefits the human race we must first do our best to understand it.

It is the largest human information construct in history. The Web is transforming society. In order to understand what the Web is, engineer its future and ensure its social benefit we need a new interdisciplinary field that we call Web Science.

For more information, read the Web Science Manifesto.