Date: Thursday 27 October 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Auditorium, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus, DIAC
Lecturer: Professor Dame Wendy Hall
Director, Web Science Institute University of Southampton and one of the world’s leading computer scientists and is Managing Director of the Web Science Trust.
Lecture Topic: Internet Histories and Futures
Lecture Abstract: The discipline of Web Science views the Web as a socio-technical system that grows because of the actions taken by individuals, companies and organizations to put content onto the Internet and our collective actions to access information from the social and technical networks created as a result. Our thesis is that in order to understand this new type of ecosystem we need to study both it’s past and it’s present in order to forecast it’s possible futures.
Studying the Internet from a Web Science perspective provides us with critical insights about how we as individuals and society operate in the digital world. The actions, communications, interactions, and transactions produced by humans and machines has the potential to offer rich insight into this world, allowing us to better understand how it operates at both micro and macro scales. However, there are a number of barriers that prevent researchers from making the most of those data resources.
The Web Observatory (WO) project aims to develop the standards and services that will interlink a number of existing or emergent Web Observatories to enable the sharing, discoverability and use of public or private datasets and analytics across different observatories, on a large, distributed scale. This talk will describe the latest developments in this project and show how it is being applied to the study of Internet histories and futures
Fee: Free of Charge
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