Introducing WSTNet

Introducing WSTNet – the Web Science Trust  Network 

The Network of Web Science Labs (WSTNet) represents one of the most important results of the Trust’s vision/mission of creating a new science of the Web.

Dozens of labs operate internationally in both the University and Commercial space to generate world-class research and insights into the impact the Web has on modern society. 

 

Global Perspective

We cannot rely on a single view/perspective on the Web for an accurate picture of the cultural and socio-political tensions/forces which shape its development. With this in mind, WST has rallied Labs throughout Europe, Asia and the US to bring their voice and unique perspective to a vital discussion about the past/present/future states of the Web.

Diverse

Our Labs bring social, political and technical perspectives from their own regions to enrich our understanding of Networks which operate at global scale.

Interdisciplinary

Our Labs call on researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines including Computing/AI, Law, Ethics, Sociology, Maths, Health, Government and beyond. This is a MINIMUM requirement for Web Science and the reason that research in this area is so challenging and so rewarding.

WSTNet Leadership

Emilio Ferrara

Emilio Ferrara

WSTNet Chair

Tat-Seng Chua

Tat-Seng Chua

Deputy WSTNet Chair

World-Class Research

Web Science has been carefully developed and structured over the last decade into a unique discipline and has been recognised as worthy of its own conference and research journal spaces.

ACM Conference

Now in its 13th year – the ACM Web Science conference (WebSci) attracts both dedicated Web Science researchers as well as welcoming interdisciplinary perspectives on socio-technical systems, Ethics/Philosophy, social machines and complex network interactions at global scale.

Research Journals

Web Science now offers its own dedicated journal for Web Science researchers in addition to the broad interdisciplinary appeal of Web Science research in other areas.

WSTNet Lab Directors

Try clicking on each picture to find out more about our Lab Directors.

Emilio Ferrara

Emilio Ferrara

ANN, USC Annenberg (WSTNet Chair)

Tat-Seng Chua

Tat-Seng Chua

NeXT, NUS Singapore (WSTNet Vice-Chair)

Deborah McGuinness

Deborah McGuinness

Tetherless World Constellation, RPI NY

Les Carr

Les Carr

WSI, Southampton

Steffen Staab

Steffen Staab

IPVS, Stuttgart

Wolfgang Nejdl

Wolfgang Nejdl

L3S, Hannover

Stefan Wrobel

Stefan Wrobel

IAIS, Bonn

Pen Yang

Pen Yang

IAI, Shanghai

Hal Abelson

Hal Abelson

CSAIL-DIG, MIT

Matthew Weber

Matthew Weber

NetSci, Rutgers

Jianping Wu

Jianping Wu

WSL, Tsinghua

Debabrata Das

Debabrata Das

WSL, IIIT Bangalore

Fabien Gandon

Fabien Gandon

INRIA, Paris

Sandy Pentland

Sandy Pentland

Media Lab, MIT

Matt Williams

Matt Williams

SDS, Cardiff

Pete Burnap

Pete Burnap

SDS, Cardiff

Frank Hopfgartner

Frank Hopfgartner

WeST, Koblenz

Manfred Hauswirth

Manfred Hauswirth

FOKUS, Berlin

R Balaraman

R Balaraman

RBCDSAI, IIT Madras

Dhiraj Murthy

Dhiraj Murthy

CML, Texas

Featured Interviews

Here are some selected quotes on the Web Science perspective by some of our Lab Directors and researchers.

“There are many India-specific challenges that need to be addressed by Web Science…the mission of RBC-DSAI includes enabling and studying the societal impact of AI and Data Science. The Web is the vehicle through which much of AI reaches society at large. It is imperative for us to be involved in Web Science research and enablement.”

Prof. B. Ravindran

Lab Director, RBC-DSAI

“The extension of the traditionally computer science focused Web research to the much broader notion of Web Science has established the Web as a topic of broad research across all disciplines. In Fraunhofer FOKUS we do a lot of research and projects that fall under this umbrella, for example the Weizenbaum Institute and the European Data Portal. We have understood that only a broad and multi-faceted understanding of the Web brings its benefits to fruition for society.”
Prof. Manfred Hauswirth

Lab Director, Fraunhofer

“These [Web] observatories enable us to mine weak signals and to perform causal reasoning to infer users insights from the data streams, with applications in FinTech, food security, and infectious disease detection.”
Prof. Tat-Seng Chua

WSTNet Vice-Chair, NUS Singapore

Latest News

See the latest news from the WSTNet labs and Lab Directors.

WSTNet Interview: Dhiraj Murthy

Q. Dhiraj - thanks for taking the time to speak to us today. Even though your Lab is our newest WSTNet member, you've been analysing media for long time. Can you talk to us about your journey into social media and Web Science? A. Of Course. My interest started doing...

WSTNet PhD Interview: Sungwon Jung

Q. Thanks for joining me Sungwon - could you tell us a little about yourself? A. I'm a doctoral student in Journalism & Media at Uni Texas at Austin with the media focus more on social media. I'm really interested in what social media can tell us about group...

WSTNet Interview: Matt Weber

Ian: Matt, it feels strange to welcome you as a more recent Lab Director when I think I've known you as part of the Web Science community for at least 10 years Matt: Probably longer - I think my interest in Web Science and particularly Web data goes back to the very...

In Conversation with: George Metakides

In this interview we sit down with Prof. George Metakides, one of our esteemed WST trustees, to talk about democracy in the digital space and why you should be  concerned. Ian: George, thanks very much for taking the time to chat with me today. George: Always pleased...

In conversation with: Jennifer Zhu Scott

In conversation this time is well-known finance and digital economy expert, Jennifer Zhu Scott. Jen recently joined the WST Board of Trustees and we are delighted to welcome her. Ian Brown sat down to find out a little more about Jennifer's (Jen’s) path to Web Science...

WSTNet Lab Profile: Cardiff HateLab

Cardiff University is the home of a WSTNet lab with two related, but distinct groups: Pete Burnap's Social Data Lab (based on data visualisation and analysis using COSMOS) which makes social media analysis much more accessible for non-coding academics and also Matt...

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