Documentation of the Leopoldina-Symposium on digitalization and its impact on individuals and society is accessible online
Influence of digital technologies on both individuals and society is controversially discussed. A two-day Leopoldina-symposium (Berlin, July 10th -11th, 2017) on digitalization and its impact on individuals and society looked into possibilities, chances and risks of digitalization.15.08.2017
Last year the scientific discipline Web Science became 10 years old. To celebrate this occasion WebScience@10 events of the Web Science Trust Network happend all over the world on Novemer 29th, 2016. L3S research center and WeST organized a WebScience@10 event in Berlin with many well-known speakers.
All talks can be accessed freely at http://www.webscience.org/webscience10/berlin-webscience10/.
The Institute for Web Science & Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau is offering three full-time researcher positions. All are in the field of Machine Learning and Data Mining, both PostDocs and PhD students are welcome.
More details on the positions and application process at
On 4th and 5th May the IT & Economy Forum IT2KO will take place in the congress center Rhein-Mosel-Halle in Koblenz. The event is a conference, networking, and communication platform for intelligent, digitally interlinked working environments. It addresses both economy and end users.30.04.2017
In April the Institute for Web Science & Technologies was a guest in Fujian province in China. Dr. Ulrich Wechselberger, managing director of Institute WeST, visited Fuzhou University and the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou. Subject of the visit were the joint 1+2 study programmes in Web Science and Computer Science. In these programmes, students study one year in China and two in Germany and earn both a Chinese and a German Master’s degree.25.04.2017
International appreciation for the work on gaze-based Web accessibility by the Institute for Web Science & Technologies
In April 2017 the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) received two international awards recognising their supporting technology for physically impaired people. The web browser GazeTheWeb, which is being developed at WeST, won first prize at the Web Accessibility Challenge. The prize is awarded by the Web For All conference 2017 in Perth/Australia to acknowledge the most innovative and usable technologies to make Web accessible to all people.
Citation networks are a crucial element for literature research in many research areas. They ease the identification of relevant sources and can be used for metrics that illustrate the impact of authors and publications. However, particularly in the German social sciences these citation networks are not covered sufficiently.
The impact of social bots on political discourses and elections: Expert talk with Markus Strohmaier from the University of Koblenz-Landau in the German Bundestag
How dangerous are computer programs that autonomously post news in social media („social bots“)? Can they affect political discourses in the Web and thereby elections? Experts discussed this issue on 26th January 2017 with the committee for education, research and technological impact assessment in the German Bundestag.
Michal Kosinski will be a keynote speaker at the 10th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Association in September 2017 in Landau. His research on „Predicting psycho-demographic traits from digital footprints“ is seen as a scientific fundament of personalized electoral campaigns.
Fake news and politics: Interview by phoenix with Markus Strohmaier from the Computer Science department at the University Koblenz-Landau
Which role do fake news play in politics? Markus Strohmaier, professor at the computer science department at the University of Koblenz-Landau and director of Institute WeST and Peter Schaar, former German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, talked about fake news, social media, and politics in an interview with German news channel phoenix.