The University of Southampton

About Us

The Web and Internet Science (WAIS) group researches large scale systems, exemplified by the Web and Internet, that combine computational, data and human components.


WAIS brings together expertise in:

Data Science Human Accessibility of Information
Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data Hypertext Communication and Narratives
Social Networks Educational Systems
Social Machines and Crowd Sourcing Internet of Things and Cyberphysical Systems
Information Provenance Open Access, Open Science and Open Systems

WAIS hosts a number of pan-university initiatives and participates in a variety of other related activities: 

We are at the core of several global education, research, and enterprise networks and engage with the wider community to address some of the greatest economic and societal challenges facing the World Wide Web today. These include

  • Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories, which brings together research labs around the world who specialize in Web Science.
  • Open Data Institute is a non-profit company funded by Technology Strategy Board. Its goal is to fully release the potential of open data on both economical and social levels, and enable open data to generate demands, create opptunitities for new types of businesses. WAIS is a founding partner of the ODI.
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a international community that develop and distribute royal-free standards related to World Wide Web. W3C aims to continously drive the growth of Web and improve the security, trustness and privacy of the Web. The members of WAIS group have been actively participated in the standarisation work of W3C.
  • European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) is a non-profit orgainisation to forster the colloboration with in research communities in Europe and increase the communications between the research and industrial sectors.