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.
Professor Hall took up the post of Kluge Chair in Technology & Society in March this year, and the Symposium, together with its associated Datathon (Archives Unleashed), marked the culmination of her 3-month tenure.
To get a taste of the Symposium, and outputs from the Datathon, view “Save the Web Symposium” on Storify.
WST Chair, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences, Jim Hendler gave the keynote address at the European Semantic Web Conference 2016 in Heraklion, Crete this morning. In his talk, W(h)ither OWL in a Linked Data, Knowledge Graphed World?, Professor Hendler discussed the limitations of Web Ontology Language (OWL), a Semantic Web logic-based language that is used to represent relations between things. His talk focused on how and why the adoption OWL has failed to live up to expectations, and the possible futures of knowledge description on the Web.