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#websci21: Review of Day 1

We started off day one of the Web Science Conference with the PhD Symposium. Allison Noble, Web Science PhD student, summarised her participation in this event as follows: "A number of experienced academics gathered at the Web Science PhD Symposium in order to provide PhD students (at different stages of their candidature) an opportunity to showcase their research goals and to receive feedback on their ongoing research on an international platform. Continue reading →


By Karla de Lima Guedes | iPhD Web Science Student Thanks to the Web Science CDT training fund, I had the opportunity to attend two National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) training courses: (1) Introduction to NVivo in March/21 and (2) Analysing Literature and Documents with NVivo in April/21. Continue reading →

INLG Conference and the ‘Evaluating NLG Evaluations’ Workshop

By Lesia Tkacz  | Web Science iPhD student Thanks to the Web Science CDT training fund, I had the opportunity to attend the 13th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2020) which was held online from Dublin from 15 to 18 December. As a subfield of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Natural Language Generation (NLG) generates text from data. Continue reading →

WebSci’20 – an online event by Ian Coombs and Justyna Lisinska

Back in July, the University hosted the WebSci'20 international conference. This was an opportunity for academics from across the world to descend on Southampton to share their research, discuss topics of common interest, network and otherwise socialise. WebSci'20 brought together researchers from various disciplines including computer and information science, economy, communication and health science. Continue reading →

Making the Web Human-Centric: New Directions in the Web and AI for Countering Violent Extremism – Ashton Kingdon

Thirty years have passed since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. In his 2019 open letter on the future of this technology, he opined that whilst the Web has created some wonderful opportunities, giving marginalised groups a voice, and making our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunities for the spreading of misinformation, giving a voice to those who disseminate hatred, and made many types of crime easier to commit. Continue reading →