Web Science Trust
Founded2006 (2006)
TypePrivate company limited by guarantee
Key people
JP Rangaswami, chair of the board
Wendy Hall, managing director

The Web Science Trust (WST) is a UK Charitable Trust with the aim of supporting the global development of Web science. It was originally started in 2006 as a joint effort between MIT and University of Southampton to formalise the social and technical aspects of the World Wide Web. The trust coordinates a set of international "WSTNet Laboratories" that include academic research groups in the emerging area of Web science.[1]

It was first announced at MIT on 2 November 2006 as the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), changing its name in 2009 to the Web Science Trust.[2] Tim Berners-Lee originally led this program, now run by a Board of Trustees, which aims to attract government and private funds to support their many activities. The Web Science Trust supports curriculum development in universities and research institutions to train future generations of Web Scientists. Given the similarities between Web Science and Information Science, Web Science overlaps with the interests of the ISchool movement,[3] particularly in the United States, but focuses more specifically on the Web itself. The annual Web Science conference brings together participants from many fields including those studying both the social and the computational aspects of the World Wide Web.

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The first Web Science conference (WebSci09: Society on Line) was sponsored in part by WSRI and was held in Greece in March 2009.[4] The conference had over 300 registrants from a number of fields including computing, social science, law, economics, philosophy, psychology. The conference has since continued as a yearly event. The first fully virtual Web Science conference was held in July 2020 as a result of travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Web Science conferences
Conference Date Place Keynote speakers registrants
Web Science 2024 21-24 May 2024 Germany Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany Eszter Hargittai, Jie Tang, Dirk Hovy, Hannes Werthner
Web Science 2023 April 30-May 1, 2023 United States Austin, Texas, USA Bob Metcalfe, Dhiraj Murthy, David Rand
Web Science 2022 26-29 June 2022 Barcelona, Spain (Hybrid conference) Leila Zia, M.C. Schraefel
Web Science 2021 21-25 June 2021 United Kingdom Southampton, UK (Virtual conference) Deen Freelon, Martha Lane Fox
Web Science 2020 7-10 July 2020 United Kingdom Southampton, UK (Virtual conference) Jim Hendler, Gina Neff
Web Science 2019 June 30 - July 3, 2019 United States Boston, USA Fabien Gandon, Sandra González-Bailón
Web Science 2018 27-30 May 2018  Netherlands, Amsterdam Tim Berners-Lee, John Domingue
Web Science 2017 26–28 June 2017 United States Troy, NY, USA Steffen Staab, Jen Golbeck
Web Science 2016 22–25 May 2016 Germany Hannover, Germany Daniel Miller, Andrew Tomkins, Daniel Olmedilla, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Jure Leskovec, Helen Margetts
Web Science 2015 28 June–1 July 2015 United Kingdom Oxford, UK Markus Strohmaier, Mia Consalvo, Rachel Gibson
Web Science 2014 23–25 June 2014 United States Bloomington, Indiana, USA Wendy Hall, J.P. Rangaswami, Laura DeNardis, Daniel Tunkelang
Web Science 2013 2–4 May 2013 France Paris, France Vint Cerf, Cory Doctorow
Web Science 2012 22–24 June 2012 United States Evanston, Illinois, USA Luis von Ahn, Sinan Aral, danah boyd, Jon Kleinberg, Sonia Livingstone, Siva Vaidyanathan 200
Web Science 2011 14–17 June 2011 Germany Koblenz, Germany Barry Wellman, Jaime Teevan 190
Web Science 2010 26–27 April 2010 United States Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jennifer Chayes, Melissa R. Gilbert
Web Science 2009 18–20 March 2009 Greece Athens, Greece Noshir Contractor, Nigel Shadbolt, Jacques Bus, Sir Tim Berners-Lee 300+

See also



  1. ^ "WSTNet Laboratories". 23 March 2012.
  2. ^ "About The Web Science Trust". The Web Science Trust.
  3. ^ "ISchools home page".
  4. ^ "Home". websci09.org.