UTW Episode 5: Fil Menczer

The Bits and Bots of the Web

For this episode (30 min. long), we talk with Fil Menczer, whose work is awesome. No, seriously — he’s the director of OSoMe, which is pronounced “awesome” and stands for the Observatory on Social Media. Fil’s research spans web science, computational social science, network science, and data science.

UTW Episode 4: Jen Golbeck

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For this episode, (24 min. long) we talk with Jen Golbeck, who is known for her work in computational social network analysis. Her models for computing trust between people in social networks were amongst the first in the field. Now, she’s a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park.

UTW Episode 3: Dame Wendy Hall

From the Beginning and Beyond

In this episode, (26 min. long) we talk with Dame Wendy Hall, who was involved with creating the very field of web science. Wendy was a Founding Director of the Web Science Research Initiative, is the Managing director of the Web Science Trust, and became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2009. She explains some of her contributions to the field, as well as offers a perspective of how web science is changing under geopolitical forces, the pandemic, and more. Going beyond all this, she also dives into many of the ethical questions and challenges that web science posits.

UTW Episode 2: Susan Halford

Symphonic Social Science and Web Science

For this episode, (20 min. long) we talk with Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Futures at the University of Bristol in the UK. Susan has been at the forefront of championing a deeper engagement between social scientists and computer scientists in addressing questions confronting Web Science. Susan explains why this partnership is so important in advancing not only the future of the Web but also the future of society. She discusses her efforts to develop methods that leverage the new and emerging forms of data as well as her efforts at developing curricula to train the first generation of interdisciplinary Web Science scholars and practitioners.

UTW Episode 1: Jim Hendler

Web Science – Why now more than ever?

In this episode, (27 min. long) we talk with Jim Hendler, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the US. Jim was one of the pioneers who envisioned the need to develop an interdisciplinary science of the Web. Since those early days in the mid-2000s, Web Science has witnessed remarkable growth and attracted global attention. Jim reflects on the rationale and origins of Web Science and how its research agenda has evolved over the past 15 years. He points to some of the most significant contributions Web Science has offered society and argues why Web Science is relevant now more than ever.