ACM Web Science 2013, May 2-4th in Paris


Reflections on #WebSci13

May 9, 2013
by Lisa Harris

Here is a diverse selection of blog reviews of #WebSci13 so far, which I will add to as more come in:

Science and the Web by Peter Kraker which includes some welcome reflection on the value of open peer review

PhD Progress Blog by Chris Phethean on his experience of presenting in the pecha kucha session

Raminetinati’s Corner by Ramine Tinati showing some neat visualisations of twitter activity and the developing networks

Think Links by Paul Groth contains detailed reviews of Chi 2013 and Web Sci

Quinn Said by Quinn Norton is a transcript of his contribution to the panel

Bugs Become Features by Simon Harper is a review of the pecha kucha session

Web Science 13 by Anne McCrossan – great to see a Storify! Have you been following the #digichamps Anne? :-)

Reflections on WebSci13 by Tim Davies has some very thoughtful reflections on multidisciplinarity and how the event structure and format might be improved going forwards

My time at WebSci and WebSci the Summary reflecting on the event’s highs and lows by Clare Hooper


#WebSci13 paper features in the New Scientist

April 26, 2013
by Lisa Harris

The WebSci13 Conference features in the latest issue (27Apr2013) of the New Scientist. The journalist who wrote the article was in fact triggered by the title of the paper he found in the WebSci conference program:  “Voice-Based Web Access in Rural Africa”.

The paper reports on a project which is giving a voice to people in Africa who cannot read or write, or who lack a computer. Nana Baah Gyan from Vrije Universiteit in The Netherlands is the first author and presenter of the paper. The other authors are Victor de Boer, Anna Bon, Chris van Aart, Stephane Boyera, Hans Akkermans, Mary Allen, Aman Grewal and Max Froumentin.

#WebSci13 Boat Trip

April 17, 2013
by Lisa Harris

Friday, May 3
Vessel Boarding Time: 20:00

Boat: Capitaine Fracasse
L’Ile au Cygnes (Paris 15th, near the Eiffel Tower)

Metro: Line 6: “Bir Hakeim” / RER C
“Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel”

See the sights and network with colleagues during a relaxing 2-hour Seine River cruise through the heart of historic Paris. Our modern vessel glides effortlessly past the most iconic landmarks of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Ile D’Cité, the Pont de l’Alma, and the Musée d’Orsay. Cruise includes pre-dinner cocktail, gourmet three-course dinner with wine service, and 2 hours sailing time. Departure from Ile aux Cygnes (access from Pont de Bir-Hakeim).

Directions: Down the stairs in the middle of the Pont Bir Hakeim Bridge, located opposite the No. 1 Quai de Grenelle. If you get lost, call. . . 06 20 80 75 30

Full Program

April 13, 2013
by Hugh Davis

We have a first draft of the full program available on the Program Tab on the menu.  It looks to be an exciting and truly interdisciplinary conference!

WebSci13 is just 3 weeks away…

April 10, 2013
by Lisa Harris

It is not too late to book your place in Paris :-)

The Web demands new ways of working across traditional academic disciplines. Web Science builds skills and expertise in the technical underpinnings of the Web, the social processes that have shaped its evolution, and the impact of the Web on society. The presentations at #WebSci13 will address these contemporary issues across a wide range of applications from healthcare to cybersecurity.

While the deadlines for presenting have now passed, we are still welcoming registrations from businesses, academics, policy makers and students who would like to attend the event.

Some of the highlights you can expect at the Conference are:

Day 1 – Thursday 2nd May

Keynotes from Vint Cerf,  co-inventor of TCP/IP and “Father of the Internet”, and Cory Doctorow, novelist, technology activist and co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing. There will also be paper presentations on a wide range of cutting edge Web Science projects,  a lively Pecha Kucha session of short sharp talks and an evening Reception.

Day 2 – Friday 3rd May

A full day of poster sessions, papers and panels – followed by an evening banquet on the Seine.

Day 3 – Saturday 4th May

We debate how the web is revolutionising society, and conclude with a final selection of papers.

A detailed programme will be available very shortly.




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