Web Sci 2010: Current and Future Web Scientists and New Lab Network

Raleigh, North Carolina was a busy place two weeks ago.  At the same time as the Web for All Conference, and just upstairs in the convention center, the second Web Science Conference took place.  The agenda for WebSci10, as it was tagged (Tim Berners-Lee commented that this tag implied the event had been around for more years that it has been) framed the diversity and dynamism of this new field of study.  Tim and Wendy Hall announced the creation of a network of Web Science laboratories — WSTNet.  I took the opportunity of the proximity of the two conferences to hear some Web Science talks, review interesting posters, and have valuable discussions with Web scientists.

Betty in front of poster on her project to study the impact of mobile devices in developing countries

The Web Foundation was proud to be one of the sponsors of WebSci10, and our support paid for the travel and participation of Betty Purwandari.  Betty is a Web Science graduate student at Southampton University, is originally from Indonesia, and is embarking on a study of the impact of mobile devices in developing countries.  Best wishes for success, Betty!

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