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WSTNET Web Science Summer School – Hannover 2018

The WSTNET Web Science Summer School 2018 (WWSSS’18) will be held from 30th July to 4th August in Hannover, Germany and hosted by L3S Research Center.

The WWSSS’18 will address the inter-disciplinary field of Web Science by focusing on lectures which tackle the challenges in topics such as data science and data mining, big data processing, information retrieval, Web governance as well as the sociology and psychology of online interactions.

Alongside lectures that will address major trends in Web Science, the Summer School will provide hands-on training in data processing, analysis and methods, teamwork, and opportunities to present current research. Participants shall work on specific tasks linked to the datasets provided, and will be mentored by local instructors. All teams will present the results of their work on the last day of the school.

Speakers, tutors and the full program are currently being finalized.

Follow the updates at, and do not miss the chance to be a part of this enriching experience!

HTTP/2 is approved

HTTP/2, the second major revision to the HTTP-standard network protocol, has taken the final step to becoming a standard, with the publication of RFC7540 – the first update to the communications protocol behind the worldwide web since 1999. The upgraded standard is intended to improve web performance, and to better handle the various technologies now transmitted over HTTP.

“HTTP/2 enables a more efficient use of network resources and a reduced perception of latency by introducing header field compression and allowing multiple concurrent exchanges on the same connection. It also introduces unsolicited push of representations from servers to clients,” explains the RFC.


Vote for a Web Science MOOC

Steffen Stabb asks the Web Science Community to vote for the production of a massive open on-line course (MOOC) on Web Science As part of spreading the gospel of Web Science, we are in a competition to spread it addressing students from all over the world through a MOOC – a massive open online course on Web Science with free content in English. We have submitted an application video and we now compete against more than 240 competitors for 10 MOOC Fellowships provided by Iversity and the Foundation for German Science whereby each fellowship provides funds to create a new MOOC about any academic topic. In order to make the first cut in the competition, we need 1 minute from *you*: Please login to – you can do so by using your facebook account or by creating a new account on that platform – and hit the green VOTE / ABSTIMMEN button. And of course, you do not have to vote for the “cat in the bag” (as we would say in German), but you can see our application video and our course concept on that very page. If possible: share this information with your students, colleagues, friends — the more who vote for us the more likely that MOOC on Web Science will happen. Please do it now! Thanks a lot! Steffen