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. WebSci’20 Program and Registration NHS data contract gives Palantir access to medical records of Covid-19 patients IBM to pull out of Facial Recognition WebSci’20 Registration Open Dame...
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

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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ACM WebSci’20 – Second Call for Interdisciplinary PhD Symposium
Making the Web Human-Centric? New Directions in the Web and AI12th International ACM Web Science Conference6-10 July 2020Organised by the University of Southampton, UK –...
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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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ACM WebSci’20 – Call for Interdisciplinary PhD Symposium
Please see the text in red below highlighting a change in the submission process.Making the Web Human-Centric? New Directions in the Web and AI12th International...
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WebSci’20 Workshop Deadline extensions
Deadline extended to Friday 24 April 2020 for submissions to the following workshops:Socio-technical AI systems for defence, cybercrime and cybersecurity (STAIDCC20)Personalisation and Community: User Modelling...
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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.