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. Shining a spotlight on Web Science – a resounding success WebSci’20 Main conference begins today WebSci’20 Program and Registration NHS data contract gives Palantir access to medical...
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

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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WebSci’20 Main conference begins today
Making the Web Human-Centric? New Directions in the Web and AIThe 2020 ACM Web Science Conference is finally here! It’s looking a little different than...
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WebSci’20 Program and Registration
Making the Web Human-Centric? New Directions in the Web and AIThe 2020 ACM Web Science Conference takes place online from 6 -10 July and is...
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WebSci’20 Registration Open
ACM Web Science Conference 2020 | 6-10 July | Organised by the University of Southampton – delivered onlinehttps://websci20.webscience.org/Registration is now open!!!The registration fee is £50.00...
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Brave Conversations Southampton Online
Anchored at WebSci20Monday 6th July, 2020 beginning at GMT + 1 - UK 9amHumans, Values, Technology - Web Science in Practice“And in today, already walks...
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New Book by Phil Howard OII WSTNet Lab Director
Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives Philip N. Howard is director of the Oxford...
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Dame Wendy Hall appointed to Ada Lovelace Institute
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Dame Wendy Hall as Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute.Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FRS, FREng is one of the...
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Distributed Computing project to tackle Corona
Distributed computing project Folding@Home has seen a massive increase in people volunteering their home computers, GPU’s to run simulations in the search for effective treatments...
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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.