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Web Science

Time: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 (10:30am-noon)

Location: Coleman

Moderator: Phillip Hallam-Baker (Verisign)


  • Peter Patel-Schneider (Bell Labs, USA)
  • Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Daniel Weitzner (MIT, USA)


The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) announced in November 2006 is a joint effort of MITand University of Southampton to bridge and formalize the social and technical aspects of collaborative applications running on large-scale networks like the web.

The announcement of the WSRI raises the question 'what is Web Science'? Is it a new discipline or a new name for an old discipline? Is it a genuine academic disicpline at all? What is a Web Science methodology? What is the core knowledge set that Web Science practitioners share? What does a Web Science paper look like?

The distinguished panel which includes two of the directors of the WSRI will be answering these questions and more.