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Observing The Web: ethics in a data-sharing world

This event took place on a sweltering day in London, in the offices of TaylorWessing. Thankfully, the space was air conditioned – essential on a day where outside temperatures rose to well above 30°C. Any discussion that involves the ethics of gathering, analysing and sharing data is always fascinating, given that there are so many situations and nuances that even Web Science students like myself haven’t previously considered, and this symposium didn’t disappoint. Continue reading →

Barry Wellman Distinguished Lecture

This review of the evening has been written by Digichamps Sylvian Jesudoss and Elena Tsarkova On 31st of October at the University of Southampton, we had a unique chance to attend the distinguished lecture by Professor Barry Wellman, organised by Web Science Institute. Barry Wellman is a Canadian-American sociologist and currently director of NetLab at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Continue reading →

WSI input to Interdisciplinary Week

Graeme Earl, Les Carr, Chris Phethean and myself had a great interactive session this morning on the Digital University: http://www.slideshare.net/sotonDE/the-digital-university-idrw2014 Live blogging from #IDRW2014 this morning. Link here http://t.co/3YSyTVEAV4 talking about the Digital University. @intersoton @digichamps — Alex Hovden (@WheelsOnFire92) March 27, 2014 @lescarr and @Graemeearl demonstrating speed dating opportunities at #idrw2014 pic.twitter. Continue reading →

Web Science Institute: FAQs

What is the Web Science Institute (WSI)? The WSI is an umbrella organisation (a virtual centre) that brings together all the researchers and students in every faculty whose work is relevant to the Web. It includes technologists, social scientists and humanities researchers from all eight faculties in the University of Southampton. Continue reading →