The Web Science Trust is a joint effort originally started between MIT and University of Southampton to bridge and formalize the social and technical aspects of the World Wide Web. The Trust now coordinates a set of international "WSTnet Laboratories" that include many of the top academic research groups in the emerging area of Web science.
It was first announced at MIT on November 2, 2006 as the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), changing its name in 2009 to the Web Science Trust. Tim Berners-Lee is leading the program that also aims to attract government and private funds, and is now involved in creating new undergraduate and graduate curricula. Given the similarities between Web Science and Information Science, Web Science overlaps with the interests of the ISchool movement, particularly in the United States, but focuses more specifically on the Web itself.
Some initial areas of interest are:
- Social Networks
- Understanding online communities
- Analyzing the human interactions inherent in social media
- Developing "accountability" and other mechanisms for enhancing privacy and trust on the Web.
Key Personnel 
The first Web Science conference (WebSci09: Society on Line) was sponsored in part by WSRI and was held in Greece in March 2009. The conference had over 300 registrants from a number of fields including computing, social science, law, economics, philosophy, psychology. The second conference was held in Raleigh-Durham co-located with WWW 2010, and the third was held in Koblenz Germany.
|Web Science 2013||2–4 May||Paris, France|
|Web Science 2012||22–24 June||Evanston, Illinois, USA||Luis von Ahn, Sinan Aral, Danah Boyd, Jon Kleinberg, Sonia Livingstone, Siva Vaidyanathan||200|
|Web Science 2011||14–17 June||Koblenz, Germany||Barry Wellman, Jaime Teevan||190|
|Web Science 2010||26–27 April||Raleigh, North Carolina, USA||Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jennifer Chayes, Melissa R. Gilbert|
|Web Science 2009||18–20 March||Athens, Greece||Noshir Contractor, Nigel Shadbolt, Jacques Bus, Sir Tim Berners-Lee||300+|
See also 
- Lohr, Steve (November 2, 2006). "Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study". The New York Times.
- Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, James Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt, Daniel J. Weitzner (August 2006). "Creating a Science of the Web". Science 313 (11): 769. doi:10.1126/science.1126902. PMID 16902115.
- Julià Minguillon, Daniel Riera, Kieron O'Hara and Wendy Hall (October 2008). "Web Science (dossier)". UOC Papers (7): 25.
- James Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt, Wendy Hall, Tim Berners-Lee, Daniel J. Weitzner (July 2008). "Web science: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the web". Communications of the ACM 51 (7): 60–69. doi:10.1145/1364782.1364798.
- Web Science: Studying the Internet to Protect Our Future, an article by Tim Berners-Lee.
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