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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.