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The Web Science Trust (WST) is a charitable body with the aim of supporting the global development of Web Science. It is hosted by the University of Southampton. The origins of the Web Science Trust can be found in the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) more »
About Web Science
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....
WST News
The latest news from the Web Science Trust. Initial Statements of Interest sought for hosting the 12th or 13th ACM Web Science Conferences (WebSci 2020 and WebSci 2021) Call for Proposals to host WSTNet Web Science...
Web Science Education
Web Science Education Education is of paramount importance to the Trust and we look to assist in the definition of curricula at all levels, provide support and backing of summer schools across all our Labs....

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 in 2019, 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

Brave Conversations Workshop – Sunday 30 June 2019
Brave Conversations Workshop Sunday 30 June 2019 ACM Web Science Conference, Boston, USA Almost a decade ago a small group of people from industry and government,...
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Initial Statements of Interest sought for hosting the 12th or 13th ACM Web Science Conferences (WebSci 2020 and WebSci 2021)
Deadline: 30 April 2019 ****************************************************************** The Steering Committee of ACM WebSci is seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting the 12th...
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WST CEO speaks at Innovation and Governance Summit 2019
WST CEO Prof. Dame Wendy Hall was interviewed at POLITICO Artificial Intelligence: Innovation and Governance Summit 2019. Below is a link to a video of...
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Vague but exciting .. Happy 30th Birthday WWW
Starting 30 years ago this week, the World Wide Web has grown from a single node (on an exotic NeXt server) to truly capture its...
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A New Web Science Book: The Theory & Practice of Social Machines
A new book "The Theory and Practice of Social Machines" has been published by Springer. This is an exciting new output from the SOCIAM project...
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Web Science Summer School 2019 : 9th-14th September
Web Sci Summer school 2019 will be hosted in the UK by the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton with other UK venues...
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Web Science Symposium in Madras
February 25-26 2019, Madras Three of our trustees from the WST board are attending the first Web Science Symposium hosted by the Robert Bosch Centre...
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Call for papers 11th ACM Conference on Web Science 2019
Synergies for the Good: The web and society 11th International ACM Web Science Conference 2019 June 30 - July 3, 2019 at Northeastern University, Boston,...
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The report of the Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 18262 is now published!
The Dagstuhl report is a document which details the findings of 10 years of Web Science. Named after the ‘Perspectives Workshops’ held in Dagstuhl, June...
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About Web Science

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.

The Web 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.