On 11 August 2006 the academic discipline of Web Science was born with the publication of ‘Creating a Science of the Web’ in the journal Science. The paper’s authors, Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, James Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt, and Daniel Weitzner, set out their concerns about the future of the Web, and highlighted the need to establish a clear research agenda ‘aimed at understanding the current, evolving, and potential Web’. This call to action kickstarted a programme that led to the creation of the Web Science Trust, and the development of Web Science research throughout the world.
As the Web Science community comes together at WebSci’16 (our 8th ACM conference), please download our brochure, and join us in celebrating the diversity of international multidisciplinary research that has developed over the past 10 years: A Celebration of 10 Years of the Science of the Web (5.7MB pdf).
Web Science Trust Managing Director, Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named one of the top most inspirational women in European technology by the Inspiring Fifty programme. Recognising Dame Wendy’s prominent global role in the development of the Semantic Web, and the academic discipline of Web Science (which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year), judges on the Inspiring Fifty panel acknowledged the significant part she has played in encouraging women into Science, Engineering and Technology. Dame Wendy has, they say:
“shattered many glass ceilings … to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others”.
In addition to her work at the WST, Dame Wendy is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. One of the first computer scientists to work in ground-breaking multimedia and hypermedia research, Dame Wendy’s contribution is of international significance. She currently leads Semantic Web application research, and explores the interface between the life sciences and physical sciences.
Reuters set out to find and rank the world’s top 100 innovative universities empirically, building a methodology that employs 10 different metrics. The criteria focused on academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university, and patent filings, which point to an institution’s interest in protecting and commercialising its discoveries. Compiled by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the list uses proprietary data and analysis tools.
More than 50% of our labs are in the top 100 with 4 in top 20 and 3 in the top 10.