Web Science

This year WWW is hosting an Alternate Web Science Track, chaired by Clare Hooper and James Hendler. The Web Science Track chairs reviewed WWW submissions that were reviewed for other tracks but not accepted in those tracks, choosing those that were most appropriate for inclusion in the Alternate Web Science Track.

About Web Science:

The web’s impact, transformative nature and rate of adoption are unparalleled. To understand the Web, engineer its future and ensure its social benefit, a new interdisciplinary field emerged: Web Science. Web Science focuses on the analysis and design of web architecture, data and applications, and studies of the people, organisations and policies that shape and are shaped by the web. Understanding human behaviour and social interaction can contribute to our understanding of the web, and so too can web data contribute to our understanding of human behaviour and social interaction.

The Web Science track, initially established as a full track at WWW 2014, focuses on submissions examining the macro properties of the web and its use at scale, typically addressing both technical and societal aspects. At their core, Web Science papers are demonstrably interdisciplinary, explore the macro properties of the web and its use at scale, and address technical and social/societal aspects. Papers may use web science methodologies, i.e. combining interpretative and positivist approaches or drawing on the Web Observatory. Relevant topics include:

  • social machines
  • trust, privacy and security online
  • ethics and philosophy
  • governance and policy

Track Co-Chairs

  • Clare Hooper (independent)
  • Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Publication Process

All accepted papers will be included in the WWW2017 Companion Volume of Proceedings and made available through the ACM Digital Library and the conference website. See this Companion from WWW2016 at: http://www2016.net/proceedings/

Authors of accepted papers will retain intellectual property rights to their work, but will be required to sign a copyright release form to IW3C2.

Accepted refereed papers, posters, and demos must be presented at the conference by an author who is registered to attend. Innovative presentations formats will be encouraged and supported. We require at least one author of each accepted submission to register by the early-bird deadline (specifically, one registered author may present multiple papers/posters/demos at the conference).