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JULY 7 – 18 2014

Universite du Québec à Montreal

Montreal, Canada


Cognitive Science and Web Science have been converging in the study of cognition: 

(i) distributed within the brain 

(ii) distributed between multiple minds

(iii) distributed between minds and media

The four themes of the Summer Institute are:

(1) Homologies and analogies between minds and databases

(2) Interactions between individual minds and distributed databases

(3) Interactions between multiple minds and distributed databases

(4) Analysis of organization and activity in minds and distributed databases


Katy BORNER Indiana U Humanexus: Envisioning Communication and Collaboration

Les CARR U Southampton Web Impact on Society

Simon DeDEO Indiana U Collective Memory in Wikipedia

Sergey DOROGOVTSEV U Aveiro Explosive Percolation

Alan EVANS Montreal Neurological Institute Mapping the Brain Connectome

Jean-Daniel FEKETE INRIA Visualizing Dynamic Interactions

Benjamin FUNG McGill U Applying Data Mining to Real-Life Crime Investigation

Fabien GANDON INRIA Social and Semantic Web: Adding the Missing Links

Lee GILES Pennsylvania State U Scholarly Big Data: Information Extraction and Data Mining

Peter GLOOR MIT Center for Collective Intelligence Collaborative Innovation Networks

Jennifer GOLBECK U Maryland You Can’t Hide: Predicting Personal Traits in Social Media

Robert GOLDSTONE Indiana U Learning Along with Others

Stephen GRIFFIN U Pittsburgh New Models of Scholarly Communication for Digital Scholarship

Wendy HALL U Southampton It’s All In the Mind

Harry HALPIN U Edinburgh Does the Web Extend the Mind – and Semantics?

Jiawei HAN U Illinois/Urbana Knowledge Mining in Heterogeneous Information Networks

Stevan HARNAD UQAM Memetrics: Monitoring Measuring and Mapping Memes

Jim HENDLER Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The Data Web

Tony HEY Microsoft Research Connections Open Science and the Web

Francis HEYLIGHEN Vrije U Brussel Global Brain: Web as Self-organizing Distributed Intelligence

Bryce HUEBNER Georgetown U Macrocognition: Situated versus Distributed

Charles-Antoine JULIEN Mcgill U Visual Tools for Interacting with Large Networks

Kayvan KOUSHA U Wolverhampton Web Impact Metrics for Research Assessment

Guy LAPALME U Montreal   Natural Language Processing on the Web

Vincent LARIVIERE U Montreal Scientific Interaction Before and Since the Web

Yang-Yu LIU Northeastern U Controllability and Observability of Complex Systems

Richard MENARY U Macquarie  Enculturated Cognition

Thomas MALONE MIT Collective Intelligence: What is it?  How to measure it?  Increase it?

Adilson MOTTER Northwestern U Bursts, Cascades and Time Allocation

Cameron NEYLON PLOS Network Ready Research: The Role of Open Source and Open Thinking 

Takashi NISHIKAWA Northwestern U Visual Analytics: Network Structure Beyond Communities

Filippo RADICCHI Indiana U Analogies between Interconnected and Clustered Networks

Mark ROWLANDS Miami U Extended Mentality: What It Is and Why It Matters

Robert RUPERT U Colorado What is Cognition and How Could it be Extended?

Derek RUTHS McGill U Social Informatics

Judith SIMON ITAS Socio-Technical Epistemology

John SUTTON Macquarie U Transactive Memory and Distributed Cognitive Ecologies

Georg THEINER Villanova U Domains and Dimensions of Group Cognition

Peter TODD Indiana U Foraging in the World Mind and Online

May Webinar – Data Science from the Trenches

Applying Data Science means more than just writing machine learning algorithms or plotting correlations. In a business context it requires a break from the traditional BI culture and embracing a multi-departmental process. In academia, this might translate to a strongly multi-disciplinary approach and an understanding of the latest technological advances. Data Science Models need to fit in an organisation’s production workflow, be focused on specific problems, and above all be repeatable. In this webinar, the Pivotal Data Labs team will share best practices and lessons learned in the trenches helping large organisations in various fields adopt data science.

The Webinar is now over – you can view a recording on our Vimeo Channel


The UK’s ‘Web We Want’ festival

Inspired by the pioneering work of the World Wide Web Foundation and the global ‘Web We Want’ campaign, Southbank Centre announces a major festival spanning Sep 2014 – May 2015 that looks at the extraordinary impact the web has had on individuals, governments and societies at large.

The ‘Web We Want’ festival is dedicated to the idea that the World Wide Web can empower people to bring about positive change both in their own life and in the lives of others. Launching in September this year, The ‘Web We Want’ festival asks how we can guarantee a free and open Web and how we as individuals can be free on the Web.


For more details go to the website

Web Science Institute Launches June 12th

A new Web Science Institute (WSI) combining the resources of the university of Southampton Web Science  doctoral training centre, the SoFWired collaboration with the Frauenhofer Institute and the Web Science Trust (WST).

The Web is the largest information system ever constructed and a social and technical phenomenon that has transformed the world and continues to do so in innovative and unexpected ways that will shape our future. We can’t predict how the Web will change our society, but Southampton has taken a lead in developing new forms of economic, social, political, technological and cultural resources based on a deep understanding of the Web’s technologies and social construction.

The Web Science Institute (WSI) will act as a focal point, co-ordinating and putting into practice education, research and enterprise initiatives on web-related developments at the University of Southampton. Its aim is to secure a sustainable future for multi-disciplinary research across the University that has Web Science at its core by:

• focusing on interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships;

• demonstrating clear ambition, adaptability and innovation;

• leveraging the visionary leadership and outstanding staff and student expertise across the University;

• providing a platform for significant investment by Government and external partners;

• showcasing unique and creative education programmes that set new standards internationally.

The Institute will be directed by a multi-disciplinary team drawn from across the University and led by Web Science pioneers Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall says: “There is a ‘perfect storm’ brewing which combines open data, open education and open research, so this is a very exciting time to be launching the Web Science Institute.”

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt says: “The open data movement is one example of how the web is evolving, empowering individuals and communities to achieve phenomenal ends. The Web Science Institute will help us to understand this evolution.”

The other WSI Directors are Professor Leslie Carr from the Web Science DTC; Dr Graeme Earl from Humanities; Professor Susan Halford from Social and Human Sciences; and Dr Lisa Harris from Business and Law.

Build Peace – Peace through Technology

April 5 -6 2014, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

The Build Peace Conference brings together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Technology is altering how we engage with the world, offering new avenues for social change. Over the course of two days, we will explore how information and communications technologies, games, networking platforms and other tools can enhance the impact of a broad range of peacebuilding, social cohesion and peace advocacy initiatives. Most ICT4Peace discussions focus on early warning and crisis response. Few pay attention to the use of technology for attitude and behaviour change, collaboration, dialogue, or policy advocacy. Build Peace aims to complement existing forums by expanding the discussion to encompass other important areas of peacebuilding practice.

For more information on the conference program and upcoming details of the conference live streams, visit the Build Peace or follow on Twitter @howtobuildpeace (or #buildpeace )

Los Angeles Web Observatory Workshop (LA WOW)

USC images

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to invite you to our upcoming Web Observatory Workshop (WOW) – a “hands-on” event in LA. These events are held periodically around the world and are intended to bring together practitioners from business, research and government to understand and develop the concepts around the Web Observatory.

As you may know, Web Observatories are repositories of knowledge gathered about the interaction of the Web and its users, which help us to understand new patterns of behaviour which emerge at Web scale. Consider that one tweet typically has little impact but 500 million tweets per day create a representation of global sentiment on a range of topics that is truly unique. If you already have a system of this kind (or are planning to build one) you may use some other term rather than “Observatory” but the principle remains the same.

Together with our members and partners (USC and Southampton University) the Web Science Trust will be sponsoring this event to consider the opportunities with Observatories, the status of Observatory deployments and interoperation and our particular focus this time will be around methods for efficiently storing, querying, analysing and visualising distributed data at scale and the resulting analytics across Observatories.

We are particularly keen to welcome experts and practitioners from industry in key areas such as:

* Big Data Analytics
* High performance Cloud computing
* Data warehousing
* Triple Store technologies
* Web Analytics/Visualisation

You are encouraged to work in focussed groups to address live Observatory challenges with other organisations and researchers and particularly to BYOD (Bring Your Own Data) if you have data sets that can be shared.

The LA Web Observatory Workshop (WOW) will be held on the 13th-14th March starting with a briefing and introduction to projects and continues the following day with group research and the presentation of results. The event will be held at USC and further joining instructions will be sent closer to the event.

Spaces are limited so please do RSVP by email to Jane Morgan ( to indicate if you are planning to attend. For questions about the event please contact Jane Morgan or Ramine Tinati (

We look forward to your participation.

Kind Regards,
Ian Brown for the Web Science Trust (

NodeXL for graph-based data

Dr Marc Smith spoke to us in February about NodeXL – a leading tool integrated with Microsoft Excel for mapping and manipulation of graph-based data.


A high-res version of the video is available on Vimeo

This event is now over but the HackPad discussion is available below:


<div>View <a href=””>Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL</a> on Hackpad.</div>

ACM WebSci 2014 – 23-26 June Bloomington, USA

This year’s ACM WebSci conference will be held in Bloomington and hosted by Indiana University.

The conference web site is located at

Key dates

17 Jan 2014: workshop proposals
31 Jan 2014: workshop notification
23 Feb 2014: paper submissions
23 Mar 2014: poster submissions
13 Apr 2014: paper/posters notification
15 Apr 2014: data challenge submissions
11 May 2014: paper/poster camera-ready

WebSci ACM Conference 2014 – 23-26 June



ACM WebSci14 ( will be hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


The ACM Web Science 2014 Conference will be hosted on the beautiful campus of Indiana University, Bloomington from June 23 to June 26, 2014.

Web Science studies the vast information network of people, communities, organizations, applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the largest artifact constructed by humans in history. Computing, physical, and social sciences come together, complementing each other in understanding how the Web affects our interactions and behaviors.