At the Web Science Institute seminar held earlier this week WST board advisor, Anni Rowland-Campbell spoke on the socio-technical changes that are happening in the world as a result of the Social Machine, which began with the World Wide Web. The talk focused on Tim Berners-Lee proposal of the Web where the “people do the creative work and the machine does the administration”1. Setting out to challenge this, Rowland-Campbell argued that the balance between “man” and “machine” is changing, and the idea of humanity is changing as a result. In her talk she provides a number of suggestions on how this symbiotic relationship between man and machine may play out.
The Web Science Trust Network (WSTNet) brings together world-class research laboratories around the world to support Web Science research and education. In the first of an occasional series we look at activity across the network during the past month.
Oxford Internet Institute, UK In a timely blog post on the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go, the Institutes’ Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group considered what happens when real and virtual spaces combine.
Here at WST HQ in Southampton we’ve been following events at Hypertext 2016 in Halifax, Canada over the past few days. It was a brilliant conference for our WSTNet colleagues in from the University of Southampton – with Charlie Hargood and Dave Millard picking up the Douglas Engelbart Best Paper Award. Their paper, co-authored with Verity Hunt and Mark Weal, focusses on location aware hypertext – an emerging form of digital storytelling.
This years’ Web Science Summer School featured keynotes from WST chair, Jim Hendler, and board member, Noshir Contractor. Hosted by the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, the School ran between 30 June and 6 July. A range of tutorials and project work covering Computational Social Science, Social Machines, Politics, Entrepreneurship, and Law were run for the 20+ participants.
Co-sponsored by WST, and hosted by our managing director, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, the “Saving the Web” symposium held yesterday at the John W Kluge Center, Washington, provided a great opportunity for Web scientists to share knowledge on preserving the ephemeral Web. The symposium featured contributions from TCP/IP co-inventor and Google Internet Evangelist, Vin Cerf, Web archivists, Abbie Grotke (Library of Congress), and Jefferson Bailey (Internet Archive), WST chair, James Hendler, and many other speakers.