Web Science TrustUntangling the Web of Humans and Technology
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What is Web Science?
Web Science is the study of the most complex piece of technology ever created. The Web comprises billions of technical and human components operating globally, with each piece subtly influencing the others. Multiple expert perspectives across scientific disciplines are required to build an understanding of how the Web changes society just as much as society changes the Web.
WST works with universities. think tanks, research groups, governments, businesses and private individuals to better understand the nature and impact the Web will continue to have on society.
Click below to learn more about the research, courses, events, training, conferences and outreach we offer, support and promote.
The Web Science Trust is a UK charity hosted by the University of Southampton which brings together world class thinkers and research in Web Science. We are a not-for-profit group representing 20 of the leading universities and research groups and headed by international thought leaders in Web Science and Socio-technical systems.
WebSci Courses & Summer Schools
WebSci courses and WSTNet Summer School
Join Anni Rowland-Campbell and her team ...
Untangling the Web
Join Noshir Contractor for a new series ..
Web Science Policy & Advice
Advising leaders in Government & Business
ACM Web Science Conference
Next conference to be held in Barcelona and Online
12 years, thousands of researchers
Web Science Blog
Publications & Research
Our Mission & Vision
Our vision and mission for the Trust is to help grow an understanding of the Web through interdisciplinary scientific methods.
We need to understand the Web, because it is evolving alongside society. Social and technical innovation drive each other. There is no longer a distinction between online and offline; the Web involves virtually all of us to some degree. If it is to benefit humankind, we need to understand the Web, engineer it sensitively and sustainably, anticipate its effects, and also anticipate the consequences of social change upon it. Web Science must therefore involve both engineering the technology, and analysing its impact.
Evolving technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, new practices, such as social machines and telemedicine, and new contexts, such as the pandemic lockdowns, will only accelerate social and technical change via, and as a direct result of, the Web.
Web Science must therefore include, at a minimum, mathematics, network science, sociology, law, ethics, psychology, computer science, media studies, linguistics, geography, and so on. Virtually all disciplines have something to say about the Web. The Web, as a diverse network, demands a research community to reflect the diversity of cultural, legal, political, commercial and technical structures which affect, and in turn are affected by, the Web.
Why is Web Science important?
Listen to WST Trustee Danny Weitzner put the importance of Web Science into context.
Register for the the next Brave conversations event live or online and become part of the Conversation.
Stay tuned for the next in the series of Web Science summer schools created by our wider WSTNet community to engage students from international research labs
TBA, 2022 Barcelona and online
The ACM Web Science conference (WebSci’22) will be hosted in Barcelona and On-line. See links above for the conference site.
Web Science News / Blog
News and Blog posts
The whole 2021 conference packed into 2 minutes and 30 seconds... 😉
The 2021 ACM Web Science Conference: Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID is now less than 2 weeks away! Throughout the week you can hear from exciting Keynote Speakers including: Deen Freelon – Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill...
Our guest for this episode (23 min.) is Dr. Aleks Krotoski, an award-winning international broadcaster, author and academic. She studies and writes about technology and interactivity. Her book, “Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You,” based on her...
Once again the 2021 ACM Web Science Conference Week will include Brave Conversations. The event runs from 9:00 BST to 13:00 BST on Monday 21st June. Last year’s event was in the midst of the global move online forced by Covid 19; since then we have held numerous...
During this episode, (26 min. long), we talk with Munmun De Choudhury, a professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she leads the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab. Her research centers on using social media to better...