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Web Science goes Down Under

Melbourne - RMIT University We arrived in Melbourne on Saturday evening. On Sunday a few of us visited the lively streets of Melbourne to get some sun, street arts, and diverse food to overcome the jet-lag. We refuged in coffee shops to benefit from the countless flow of coffee and decent Wi-Fi. On Monday, we headed to RMIT where Professor Susan Halford was presenting her work, “Speaking Sociologically with Big Data: Symphonic social science and the future for big data research”. Continue reading →

Judith Clegg impresses at first Business Stories event

Business Stories is a new series of lunchtime networking events with high profile speakers led by Lohan Presencer, CEO of Ministry of Sound. I was particularly interested in attending this series of talks because I personally love hearing about the journey that successful business people have taken to get to the positions they’re in now. Learning to code on a Tandy computer by her father at just 7 years old, Judith created some deep roots with technology at an early age. Continue reading →

WSI Lunch Seminar: Data Literacy

Last week at our regular WSI lunch event, two of the guest editors of the Journal of Community of Informatics Special Issue on Data Literacy, Johanna Walker and Mark Frank, presented an overview of the journal and talked about some of their own adventures in data literacy that had brought them to the subject. In the first part of the talk they discussed approaches to defining data literacy. Continue reading →

Web Science students interview Vice Chancellor

Web Science undergraduates and Student Digital Champions Tom Davidson and Tom Rowledge, together with Education PhD students Sharifa Al'Adawi and Abdulsalam Almanthari, recently interviewed the Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden. The objective was to raise awareness of the Researching Assessment Practices (RAP) strategy and encourage more students to participate in the project. https://www.youtube. Continue reading →

Report from the Web Summit in Lisbon

The Web Summit, dubbed the largest technology marketplace event in Europe, is a renowned meeting place for Web innovators and start-up companies. Web Science Institute directors Susan Halford and Leslie Carr attended to discover what the business community have planned for the future of the Web. Paddy Cosgrave certainly knows how to put on a show. His first Web Summit, held in a hotel outside Dublin in 2009, attracted fewer than 400 participants. Continue reading →

A triple bill of great events

Adapted from a post published on the Digichamps blog written by Tom Davidson Busy week: Anni Rowland-Campbell, W3C UKI Launch, and Professor Jeanette Hoffman/ Digichamps ©2016 Friday, 14 October was a busy day to round off a busy week for the Southampton Web Science Institute. On Tuesday, the Institute held the first distinguished lecture of the week, welcoming Anni Rowland-Campbell who spoke about social machines in a talk that was very interesting and well received. Continue reading →