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Web Science Institute

Southampton Web Observatory

The Web Science Institute is focused on capturing data and translating it into knowledge. For example, we are constructing an instrumentation infrastructure that facilitates capturing, storing, managing, analysing and visualising large-scale, complex and diverse data from multiple sources - a 'Web Observatory'.

The development of intelligent, interactive, real-time systems for analysing Web data requires our specialist mathematical tools to enable the handling and interpreting of vast amounts of data. The use of such large scale digitized data sets capturing social, commercial and transactional activity is both promising for research and challenging from methodological and ethical perspectives, questions addressed through social science practice.

Web Observatory

Ian Brown, Projects Director, Web Science Trust, speaks about the Web Observatory.

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