Welcome to Web Science 2018

The 10th International ACM Web Science Conference 2018 will be held from Sunday, May 27 to Wednesday May 30, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is organized by the Network Institute, the VU Department of Informatics and the VU International Office/Centre for International Cooperation. The WebSci conference series is overseen by the Web Science Trust; previous editions took place in Athens, Raleigh, Koblenz, Evanston, Paris, Indiana, Oxford, Hannover, and Troy, NY.

The WebSci conference brings together researchers from multiple disciplines, like computer science, sociology, economics, information science, anthropology and psychology. Web Science is the emergent study of the people and technologies, applications, processes and practices that shape and are shaped by the World Wide Web. Web Science aims to draw together theories, methods and findings from across academic disciplines, and to collaborate with industry, business, government and civil society, to develop our knowledge and understanding of the Web: the largest socio-technical network in human history.

Preview of Coming Attractions

Keynote Session: On Doing Interdisciplinary Research
With Prof. Dr. José van Dijck, Distinguished Professor of Media Studies, Utrecht University, and President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences KNAW.

Keynote Session: The Future of Semantics on the Web
With Prof. Dr. John Domingue, Director of the Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK, and President of STI International, Vienna, Austria.

Sunday 27 May 2018: WebSci Events Day, with Reception
Sunday 27 May 2018 is the WebSci Events Day, with workshops, tutorials and other events. It will feature, among others, workshops on topics such as the Web, Social Development and the Digital Divide, on matters of Ethics on/of the Web, an Interdisciplinary WebSci PhD Symposium, and other events.  The day ends with a joint poster session plus reception. Proposals for events are welcome; see the Call for Event Proposals.

Monday 28 May 2018: Opening & Poster Day, with Reception
The main conference will be opened on Monday 28 May 2018 by Prof. Dr. Vinod Subramaniam, rector-magnificus of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The  WebSci Poster Session will take place on Monday, and will include a reception with drinks and snacks.

Tuesday 29 May 2018: WebSci Social Event and Conference Dinner
Every attendee is invited to the WebSci Social Event and Conference Dinner on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday 29 May 2018: Conference Closing Day, with Awards
Every conference day will feature a keynote session, with a keynote speech and ample room for discussion. Wednesday is the closing day of the conference, and will include an Awards Session.

Paper Submission and Presentation
Accepted papers for the main conference will be published in the ACM Proceedings of WebSci’18, and have a slot for presentation on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  For submission of papers see the Call for Papers.

Have a (Very) Long Weekend in Amsterdam!
Needless to say, from 27-30 May 2018 the WebSci Conference is the main scientific attraction. But the city of Amsterdam offers many other attractions that are worth a visit. The conference venue is the VU Amsterdam university campus, very conveniently located in the Southern area of Amsterdam. Schiphol airport is just one train stop and 20 minutes away from VU Amsterdam. From VU Amsterdam to the Amsterdam city centre with its world-famous canals also takes just 20 minutes by metro or tram.

The WebSci conference organizers aim to keep conference fees affordable, for researchers from different disciplines and especially for students. Also, we will make a good number of student grants available.