Is the web a science? The UK Government thinks so

Added by Sarah on 25 March 2010 17:25

It has recently been announced that the UK government has set up a new ?Institute for Web Science? to be headed up by the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt of the University of Southampton.


With a budget of ?30 million, this new Institute will be looking at the next generation of web and internet technologies, especially web 3.0 (or the semantic web) and their potential for commercialisation, with the hope of showcasing the UK as a research leader in this area.

If like me, you are confused by terms like web 3.0, it?s helpfully explained that web 3.0 will ?take the web to a whole new level by publishing data in a linkable format so that users and developers can see and exploit the relationships between different sets of information.? It sounds like a move towards a more intelligent web search, that works on more than just trawling keywords, but tries to make connections between concepts, which will make navigating content easier for users and search results much more relevant ?very intriguing!

I?ve also just spotted an interesting event being held at the Royal Society in London on 27-28 September: Web science: a new frontier, to be organised by Professor Shadbolt, Dame Wendy Hall and others and features Sir Tim as a key speaker. It will be focusing on the web as an ?object of scientific study? and is aimed at researchers in relevant fields.

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