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. Computational Social Science Event, Sept 2-4 2019, Zurich Don’t miss early bird pricing for WebSci19 Initial Statements of Interest sought for hosting the 12th or 13th ACM Web...
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 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

12th International ACM Conference on Web Science
Announcing the 12th International ACM Conference on Web Science to be held on July 7th – July 10th, 2020, in Southampton, UK.The ACM WebSci conference...
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Successful Web Science Summer School, WSI Southampton
Students came to join the 2019 Web Science Summer School (WSSS) hosted by the Web Science Institure (WSI) at the University of Southampton. The keynotes,...
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Summer 2019 Newsletter
Following a successful ACM Web Science conference in Boston, we would like to welcome you to the first edition of the Web Science Trust (WST)...
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A New Web Science Manifesto
Click the link below to read and comment on the updated manifesto: Review the new Web Science Manifesto and share your comments and endorsements.
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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-13th 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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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

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.