A Video Guide to Web Science


The Genesis of Web Science

What prompted the emergence of Web Science as a discipline and what does it aim to study? Nigel Shadbolt outlines some Web Science research challenges and the formation of Web Science Research Initiative to students on Southampton's MSc in Web Technology. Accompanying slides are available below:

Video produced by David Tarrant, University of Southampton


Defining Web Science

The organisers of the first International Web Science conference in 2009 were asked about the nature of Web Science.

  • Describe Web Science "for Dummies"
  • What is the core of Web Science?
  • What jobs will there be for Web Science students

Video produced by François Blanquart, Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire, Université Paris Descartes. http://masterwebscience.org/


Some Web Science Questions

Delegates at the first International Web Science conference answer five questions from MSc students taking part in the "Foundations of Web Science" module at Southampton.

  • Are we too dependent on the Web?
  • Is the purpose of Web Science to investigate or to change society and the way that it uses the Web?
  • Should we limit children's interaction with the Web and social network sites?
  • What is the most important area of Web Science?
  • Is there a single "Web Science", or will scientists from different fields have their own definitions of Web Science?

Video produced by David Tarrant, University of Southampton