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One book to rule the world … Web Science Summer School 2019

In the social sciences, I use statistical techniques to uncover data trails of human behaviour. I look for some really hidden behaviours – ones that no-one is going to admit to in a survey, like ‘Did you cheat or guess the answers in your exam?’ We use probability based measures and look at error terms to make our judgments. It doesn’t sound wildly different from the work of people who prefer to use the title ‘data scientist’. Continue reading →

Technical Challenges in delivering a Digital Built Britain | Dr Matthew West

Dr Matthew West has spent the majority of his working life at the petrochemical giant Royal Dutch Shell. From the early 1990s onwards he was involved in developing company standards and guidelines to support the integration of systems and processes to facilitate different parts of the multinational working efficiently and effectively together. Essentially this work involved the development of company-wide and eventually industry-wide ISO engineering standards. Continue reading →

Web Science Policy and Practice visit to the Houses of Parliament

This week, one thing came out of the Houses of Parliament that was not Brexit related – or only slightly. Four Web Science students joined the Policy School trip to the Houses of Parliament and the Treasury to take part in a Policy Practice day. After a tour of the Houses of Parliament, Ryan Javanshir, Juljan Krause, Peter Sturgess and Clare Walsh went to a Q&A with Romsey and Southampton North MP, and Minister of State for Immigration, the Rt Hon Caroline Nokes. Continue reading →

Web Science Doctoral Training Centre celebrates 10 years of Web Science doctoral research

Today, students, academics, alumni gathered together to mark the end of Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Web Science and discuss the future of Web Science. By listening to the speeches provided by alumni, we were able to learn, not only how important it was for them to be a part of DTC programme, but also how this experience shaped their future career. Continue reading →

Digital futures – the difference Web Science makes

Exaugural lecture delivered by Professor Susan Halford, 11 February 2019 In a room that was too small for the purpose, because there was standing room only for the academic colleagues, past and current students who came together for Susan Halford’s ex-augural lecture. Susan has left Southampton to be Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol and it soon became clear that the room was, in fact, full of her friends. Continue reading →

WSI Distinguished lecture with Rob Kitchin

On 5th December, the Web Science Institute invited Professor Rob Kitchin of Maynooth University to discuss the praxes and politics of building city dashboard. Rob Kitchin is the principal investigator on Programmable City project and the Building City Dashboard project. Nowadays, City dashboards are increasingly becoming a tool for urban management and governance. The lecture considers the creation and uses from both a technical development perspective and that of critical studies. Continue reading →

Hong Kong: East Asian Research Students Conference at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Day 1 - The first day at CUHK was based around small group workshops to discuss our research and presented it to others interested in the field – Anna attended this workshop as her research fell within the western music theory and analysis category. I found it useful to show how my research relates to other fields and also how this traditional discipline of music theory relates to the developments of the web. Continue reading →

Serendipity, Calamity, Inclusivity and the Future of the Web: Thoughts on the Web Science Conference 2018

 PhD Symposium On an extraordinarily sunny Sunday (at least as judged by locals!), we started with the PhD Symposium session, composed of 10- 15-minute lectures with Q&A. Students presented their PhD projects - results, ongoing work and plans. The diversity of topics was astonishing and a good insight into the interdisciplinary nature of the conference - although probably it is hardly surprising for someone accustomed with Web Science on a daily basis. Continue reading →