Web Science Doctoral Summer School 2011

July 6, 2011 - July 13, 2011. DERI, NUI Galway (Ireland)


Wendy Hall
University of Southampton
Stefan Decker
DERI, NUI, Galway
Harith Alani
Knowledge Media Institute
Abraham Bernstein
University of Zurich
John Breslin
NUI Galway
Bernie Hogan
Oxford Internet Institute
Marcel Karnstedt
DERI, NUI, Galway
Scott Kirkpatrick
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Enric Plaza
Spanish Council for Research
Marc A. Smith
Connected Action Consulting
Steffen Staab
University of Koblenz-Landau
Derek Greene
University College Dublin
Siegfried Handschuh
DERI, NUI, Galway
Micheal Hausenblas
DERI, NUI, Galway
Daniele Quercia
Horizon, Cambridge (UK)
Markus Strohmaier
Graz University of Technology
Full list of speakers


Important Dates

  • Registration opens: 14 February 2011
  • Application Deadline: 30 April 2011
  • Notifications: 15 May 2011
  • Deadline for Payment : 20 May 2011
  • Summer School Starts: 6 July 2011
  • Summer School Ends: 13 July 2011

Web Science Doctoral Summer School 2011

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute, NUI Galway is pleased to announce that the Second Web Science Trust Doctoral Summer School will be held in DERI from July 6th until July 13th, 2011

The Web is the largest technological artefact in existence, comprising a global network of information sites and services. It is a social machine, delivering information between people and communities, embedded in almost all processes of human society: education, medicine, science and technology, commerce, entertainment and social activity. It is often simply supposed that the Web is a neutral technology, a stable computing platform for the delivery of information and services. What is overlooked is that the Web is changing constantly in response to the demands of human society. Incremental innovations leads to changes in how people use the Web and in turn how Web technology responds to changed human interaction. Small technological decisions influence how individuals use the Web and ripple out to have unanticipated macro-effects. Sometimes these effects are beneficial such as the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies. Other technologies such as the rise of spam bots or 'blackhat' search engine optimisation techniques clutter the Web with irrelevant, distracting information. While influential corporations such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft generate huge revenues from the Web, the Web itself is owned by everyone and no-one. We need to fully understand the demands placed on the Web by human society, so that its fate does not lead to a 'tragedy of the commons' but to a sustainable technological resource for the future.

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