Web Science Public Engagement Lecture

Web Science iPhD students are hosting a Public Engagement Lecture to discuss a series of Computational topics as they relate to the socio-technical nature of the World Wide Web. Web Science explores the technologies, policies and practices of the interchange of data, information and knowledge, on the web in a cross & multi-disciplinary fashion.

Students come from many different backgrounds. Come along and find out more about the students presenting and the research they and other Web Science iPhD students are undertaking at the University.

Date and Time: Wednesday 18th March 2015, from 16:00 – 19:00
Place: University of Southampton Highfield Campus – Building 7 Room 3031

The event is free to attend and you can register via Eventbrite

Hypertext!: What is it, Where did it come from, What would the WWW be without it, and where is it going?
Sarah Hewitt Taekyun Will Kim and Nikkos Tsakalakis

Hypertext is fundamental to the World Wide Web, but its history goes back further than computing. It’s a simple little idea, and yet without it, navigation would be impossible, or at least the kind of navigation we’ve come to expect when we log on and start surfing the www. It’s roots, though, stretch back to the very earliest attempts to catalogue information, long before computers were thought of, and the way it is used may prove crucial to the way we use the www in the future.

Music Streaming, the Music Industry, and the Future: Is Music Streaming Set to Dominate Music Distribution and Consumption?
Jack Webster, Colin Pattinson, Briony Gray, and Dolapo Majekodunmi

The widespread availability and use of licensed music services accessible on the Web and through mobile devices is increasing. In 2014 according to the Digital Music Report 2014, Europe experienced a 13.3% increase in revenue from digital music, and among Internet users aged 16-64, 61% engaged in legitimate digital music activity. Underlying much of this digital music activity is the use of advertising-supported music streaming services, such as Spotify, Vevo, and Deezer. The introduction and growth of streaming services is changing the music industry and the way in which we conceive of, and consume, music. This presentation will unpack the technologies that underpin these music services and consider the role of streaming services in the music industry’s future.

Is the Cloud Fit to Burst?: Why the Cloud? How does it work? What are the issues?
Neil Amos, Nic Fair, Keisha Taylor

Cloud Computing was hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in computing because it virtualised services from the underlying infrastructure. This enables clients and users to reduce IT costs, improve efficiency and access information from any device anywhere. As a result there has been a significant increase in cloud usage by individuals, organisations and businesses.
This presentation will explore whether the initial hype concerning the cloud is justified by exploring the history of cloud computing, its benefits, the types of clouds that exist, and how they operate. It will also discuss complex issues that arise with the use of cloud computing such as, ownership, location and legal issues, data privacy and security, and the impact of outages.

YouTube and Copyright: How YouTube works; Issues around copyright; Current YouTube practices
Gefion Thuermer, Flavia Dinca, Nick Bennett, Ed Baird

Young people constantly upload and watch videos. Many of these videos infringe copyright. But copyright is also contradicted by the architecture of the World Wide Web itself, which requires data to be copied at every step of a transmission. This presentation will talk about the technical foundations of YouTube, and explore how the platform works. Following that, the meaning of copyright and copyright infringements, and which challenges – and possible solutions – arise through the web will be addressed. Finally, it will review the current practice on YouTube: How are web architecture, copyright, and its alternatives, used in daily practice?

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