Web Science Trust

The Web Science Manifesto

By Web Scientists. Building Web Science. For a Better World.

Web Science is needed today more than ever. As the Web evolves, it is clear that we need in-depth and sustained interdisciplinary research to describe, analyse and intervene in its future. In June 2018, a cross-disciplinary group of Web Science researchers from Australia, Europe and the US met at Dagstuhl Castle https://www.dagstuhl.de/de/programm/kalender/semhp/?semnr=18262 to discuss the current trajectories and future potentials for the Web. Arising from this, a nominated subgroup has produced a draft ‘manifesto’ to draw attention to these issues beyond Web Science, spreading the word to other academics and also to business, government, policy makers and practitioners as well as funding agencies.

We seek your comments on this document.

As a community we will only succeed if we walk together. We have the experience, understanding and methods to deal with the very real challenges that the Web harbors for society, however, without the attention beyond our community this knowledge is in danger of remaining underused.

We seek your endorsements on this document.


We know that we seek the impossible: harnessing the wisdom of all Web Scientists and arriving at a single shared document. Nonetheless, we want to open the discussion for the benefit of our community and we assure you that we intend to reflect the outcome in the next version of our current draft. Some valuable input may not appear directly in the next draft, but should definitely be the starting point for future work on our shared journey towards the web we want!

Action item on you.

Download the current version of the manifesto 10_Years_of_Web_Science___Dagstuhl_Manifesto

Comment and discuss with other Web Scientists in the comment section below!

We sincerely appreciate your support of the Web Science community

Bettina Berendt, Fabien Gandon, Susan Halford, Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, Eirini Ntoutsi, Steffen Staab , June 2019.


  1. Nice conference! Wish there are more people and more practical workshops such as coding, experiment conducting, how to sample, pros and cons of using tools like Amazon mturk, dictionary based sentiment analysis.

  2. Clare Walsh

    This is an incredibly useful document going forward.
    I noticed that the teaching section is very sparse. I’ve been on the advisory working group for the Welsh Baccalaureate, which implements a compulsory assessment of ‘Web Science’ with all 14 to 18-year-old children. Happy to share some of the general insights from that.

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