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.