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WebSci'21 Workshop on Research Infrastructure for Web Science (RI4WebSci)


Online event


David De Roure

Date & Time

Tuesday 22 Jun 2021 10:00 - Tuesday 22 Jun 2021 14:00

Co-located with the 13th ACM Web Science Conference



Session 1 10.00-11.00 - Tools and methods (and introductions)
Chair: Pip Willcox
  • Welcome and Introductions by David De Roure and Pip Willcox
  • Dominic Oldman. Supporting the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes for Progressive Scholarship in a Digital Space
  • Robert Walton and David De Roure. Petri-nets for modelling communal flocking along paths of possible experience
Session 2 11.15-12.15 - Creativity and interdisciplinarity
Chair: Lorna Hughes
  • Morgan Wofford, Simon James Goring, Socorro Esther Dominguez Vidana and Andrea K. Thomer. Bridging data, code, and other scholarly products with the Throughput Annotation Database
  • Iain Emsley and Alan Chamberlain. Sounding out the System: Multidisciplinary Web Science Platforms for Creative Sonification
  • Matt Kalinowski. Doing Data Science on the Cheap: Large Scale Network Benchmarking of Cloud Provider Infrastructure from a Global Perspective
  • Eirini Goudarouli, Mark Bell, Tom Storrar, David Beavan, Federico Nanni and Barbara McGillivray. Discovering topics and trends in the UK Government Web Archive: a reflection on interdisciplinarity and Computational Archival Science
Break 12.15 - 1pm
Session 3 1pm to 2 pm - Archive Experience and Reflection (and wrap up)
Chair: David De Roure
  • Libby Hemphill and Anmol Panda. Introducing a Prototype Social Media Archive at ICPSR
  • Jenny Bunn. Describing Web Archives: Sites, Sources and Forms
  • Sara Lafia, Andrea Thomer, David Bleckley, Dharma Akmon and Libby Hemphill. Analyzing Data Curation Work at a Social Science Archive with Machine Learning
  • Wrap up by David De Roure and Pip Willcox


Important dates

  • April 23, 2021 – Deadline for submission of papers and presentation abstracts
  • May 6, 2021 – Notification of acceptance of papers and presentations
  • May 17, 2021 – Camera-ready paper deadline
  • June 21-22, 2021 - Workshop days at WebSci'21



Please contact the organisers with any enquiries:

David De Roure, University of Oxford and The Alan Turing Institute

Pip Willcox, The National Archives


Programme Committee

Lorna Hughes, University of Glasgow (Chair)

Other members TBC


Call for Presentations and Papers (now closed)

Web Science researchers are using a rich set of data sources, software tools, and computational infrastructure in all aspects of their work – and many are creating new tools and methods. The Web Science conference is the ideal moment to share experience, practice and innovations in all these aspects of our work, and to identify what we want our future Web Science research infrastructure to look like. We’re particularly interested in interdisciplinary intersections, for example techniques from digital humanities and social data science applied to Web Science – and vice versa. The insights and evidence gathered through this workshop will influence future developments in our Web Science research environment, as we co-create our Web Science knowledge infrastructure.

We invite presentations and papers about experience and innovation working with Web Science data, methods, software tools and computational techniques.  Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Web Science data sharing, archiving and curation
  • Web archiving
  • Community archiving
  • Linking archives
  • Recording and interpreting context and provenance
  • Platforms and methods for crowdsourcing and citizen engagement
  • Preservation and risk
  • Archives and cultural heritage on the Web
  • Digital twins
  • Analysis tools, combining methods, and tools for dynamic and interactive exploration
  • Workflows for Web Science
  • Working with complex and messy data
  • Working with live data
  • AI and virtual assistants for Web Science
  • Accessible interfaces
  • Communicating transparency, authenticity and trustworthiness
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Non-consumptive research models (cf HathiTrust)
  • Computational Archival Science
  • Use of machine learning
  • Explaining machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Data for public engagement


Presentation submission (now closed)

Please submit an abstract of your talk (300 words) via EasyChair by April 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm AoE. The abstract may be entered in the EasyChair form (you do not need to upload a file). Abstracts will be included in a report from the workshop.


Paper submission (now closed)

Please submit your paper (3-5 pages) via EasyChair by April 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm AoE. For format requirements, see the conference website

If your paper is to be included in the companion collection of the ACM WebSci21 proceedings, you will need to adhere to the schedule for the publication of the overall proceedings, i.e., full papers will need to be submitted by April 23 2021, and camera-ready papers by 17 May 2021. This is a strict deadline, and the conference will not be able to include any papers after this date.