Web Science Trust


About the Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust (WST) (http://www.webscience.org/) is a charitable body with the aim of supporting the global development of Web Science through a network of world class laboratories known as WSTNet. It is currently hosted by the University of Southampton.  The origins of the Web Science Trust can be found in the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) which was established in 2006.   The Trust works to support academia, business and government with informed views on the risks and potential gains of the Web through a clear agenda for Web Science research.   It provides advice/support for teaching Web Science curricula, evidence/support on government programs and initiatives relating to the Web and targeted projects on privacy, digital literacy and the curation and provision of Web data to support decisions via the Web Observatory initiative.



OA Member

Dame Wendy Hall, Executive Director

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute.  She was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering from 2010-2014.   One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.  Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences.

With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and she is currently a Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her leadership roles on national and international bodies, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others.

She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

She has previously been Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012.  She was elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in July 2008, and was the first person from outside North America to hold this position.

She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.  She is also Chair of the British Council’s Education Advisory Group.