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Web Science Trust

Web Science Trust
Established 2006
Director Wendy Hall
Location Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Campus Highfield Campus

The Web Science Trust is UK Charitable Trust which helps to support activities related to the field of Web Science. it was originally started in 2006 as a joint effort between MIT and University of Southampton to bridge and formalize the social and technical aspects of the World Wide Web. The Trust now coordinates a set of international "WSTnet Laboratories" that include many of the top academic research groups in the emerging area of Web science.

It was first announced at MIT on November 2, 2006 as the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), changing its name in 2009 to the Web Science Trust.[1] Tim Berners-Lee originally led this program, now run by a Board of Trustees, which also aims to attract government and private funds, and is involved in creating new undergraduate and graduate curricula. Given the similarities between Web Science and Information Science, Web Science overlaps with the interests of the ISchool movement,[2] particularly in the United States, but focuses more specifically on the Web itself. The annual Web Science conference brings together participants from many fields including those studying both the social and the computational aspects of the World Wide Web.

Some initial areas of interest are:

  • Social Networks
  • Collaboration
  • Understanding online communities
  • Analyzing the human interactions inherent in social media
  • Web Observatories
  • Developing "accountability" and other mechanisms for enhancing privacy and trust on the Web.

Key Personnel




The first Web Science conference (WebSci09: Society on Line) was sponsored in part by WSRI and was held in Greece in March 2009. The conference had over 300 registrants from a number of fields including computing, social science, law, economics, philosophy, psychology. The conference has since continued as a yearly event.

Web Science conferences
Conference Date Place Keynote speakers registrants
Web Science 2014 23–25 June Bloomington, Indiana, USA Wendy Hall, J.P. Rangaswami, Laura DeNardis, Daniel Tunkelang
Web Science 2013 2–4 May Paris, France Vint Cerf, Cory Doctorow
Web Science 2012 22–24 June Evanston, Illinois, USA Luis von Ahn, Sinan Aral, Danah Boyd, Jon Kleinberg, Sonia Livingstone, Siva Vaidyanathan 200
Web Science 2011 14–17 June Koblenz, Germany Barry Wellman, Jaime Teevan 190
Web Science 2010 26–27 April Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jennifer Chayes, Melissa R. Gilbert
Web Science 2009 18–20 March Athens, Greece Noshir Contractor, Nigel Shadbolt, Jacques Bus, Sir Tim Berners-Lee 300+

See also


External links

  • Press release
  • Official site
  • Audio: Web Science: A Conversation with the Inventor of the Web


  1. ^ "About The Web Science Trust". The Web Science Trust. 
  2. ^ "ISchools home page". 

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