Web Science Trust

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 around the world.


The origins of the Web Science Trust can be found in the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) which was established in 2006. WSRI was originally set up as the result of a Memorandum of Understanding between MIT CSAIL and University of Southampton, ECS, with the ambition of coordinating and supporting the study of the World Wide Web. Since the launch of this Initiative, the concept of Web Science has been widely disseminated and is establishing itself as an important area of activity.

WSRI’s activities focused on

  1. articulating a research agenda for the broader scientific community
  2. coordinating the development of Web Science educational material and curricula
  3. engaging in thought leadership for this emerging field.

In order to continue with these activities, the Directors of WSRI established a charitable body – the Web Science Trust (WST) – which is independent of the original founding institutions of WSRI.


WST is working with the World Wide Web Foundation. The Foundation has a mission to advance the Web and empower people via the Web. The Trust and the Foundation have a common commitment to advance the new discipline of Web Science, and will work together on projects that improve our understanding of the Web and promote the Web’s positive impact on society.

For information on other partners please go to the Sponsors and Supporters page.

Office Address

The main office of the Web Science Trust is:
Web Science Administration Manager
Web Science Trust
Room 3041, Building 32
University of Southampton
University Road
Southampton SO17 1BJ

The Web Science Trust is a private company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 06634408. The registered office address of the Web Science Trust is c/o Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DS, United Kingdom.

Please contact us at info@webscience.org

Mailing list

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