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Call for Applications

The 2nd Web Science Trust Doctoral Summer School 2011 (WebSchool11)

LOCATION: Galway, Ireland


Application deadline: 30 April 2011
Notifications: 15 May 2011
Summer School 6-13 July 2011

The Web Science Trust Doctoral Summer School 2011 is primarily intended
for  postgraduate (PhD or MSc) students, postdocs, and other early
career researchers investigating aspects related to the analysis and
understanding of the socio-technical relationships driving  the
evolution of the Web. A mix of international speakers and tutors will
deliver lectures and seminars designed to provide a unique cross
disciplinary grounding in techniques for analysing the Web,
understanding its relationship to society and engineering its future.

Applicants are not necessarily expected to have a computing background,
though some technical knowledge of computing and the Web would be
advisable. Participants will have also have an opportunity to work in
small groups on topic-specific breakout sessions. Interaction with
senior researchers and establishing contacts between young researchers
is a main focus of the school, which will be supported through social
activities and an interactive, amicable atmosphere.

* Social Dynamics of the Web
* Detecting  risks and opportunities on the Social Web
* Behaviour Analysis for Online communities
* Impact of governance on collective user behaviour
* Mining the Web
* Linked Data: Achieving Web Scale Networked Knowledge
* The Web as a Complex System
* Emergent Behaviour and Knowledge
* Capturing and reusing experiential knowledge on the Web

* Professor Wendy Hall (University of Southampton)
* Professor Nigel Shadboldt (University of Southampton)
* Professor Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz)
* Professor Stefan Decker (DERI, NUI Galway)
* Professor Scott Kirkpatrick (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
* Professor Enric Plaza (Barcelona Artificial Intelligence Research
Institute (IIIA))
* Dr. Marc A. Smith (Social Media Research Foundation)
* Dr. Harith Alani (Knowledge Media Institute)
* Dr. Bernie Hogan (Oxford Internet Institute)
* Dr. Derek Greene (Clique Research Cluster, University College Dublin)
* Dr. Markus Strohmaier (Knowledge Media institute, Graz University of
* Dr. Michael Hausenblas (Linked-Data Centre, DERI, NUI Galway)

Applications for participation should be made via Easychair using the
following URL:

The programme of the school will include a poster session where students
can present and discuss their ongoing research with senior researchers
and summer school participants. Applicants intending to present a poster
should also submit a short abstract.
Applications should be submitted in PDF format not exceeding 2 pages

- - Name, contact details
- - Affiliation
- - Motivation for participation
- - Summary of profile
- - Willing to present a poster? (yes/no, if yes, include a short poster
- - Supervisor (if applicable)
- - Publications (if applicable)

Details of the registration process will be announced on the Web site,
after the application deadline.

- - Residential Stay: 890 euro. This includes attendance at the Summer
School, 8 nights accommodation in a single en-suite bedroom at Corrib
Village (,Tea,coffee and lunch during the
summer school,a welcome reception and the summer school social event.
- - Non-Residential Stay: 625 euro. This includes attendance at the Summer
School, tea, coffee and lunch during the summer school, a welcome
reception and the summer school social event.

Conor Hayes (DERI, NUI Galway)
Alexandre Passant (DERI, NUI Galway)
Stefan Decker (DERI, NUI Galway)
Siegfried Handschuh (DERI, NUI Galway)
Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz)
Pádraig Cunningham (University College Dublin)
Wendy Hall (University of Southampton)
Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton)

For further information including sponsorship opportunities, please
contact the local organisers:

Conor Hayes (
Alexandre Passant (

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phone: +353 91 494034

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