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.
Wikiwhere is a service originating from a student research lab at the faculty of computer science at the University of Koblenz-Landau. It provides indicators on potential tendencies of Wikipedia content, as it analyses the origin of references in Wikipedia articles.
Successful dissertation about Provenance in the Semantic Web by Renata Queiroz Dividino at Institute WeST
On 14th December Renata Queiroz Dividino, former researcher at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST), successfully defended her dissertation at the faculty of computer science at the University of Koblenz-Landau.
The new brochure of the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau is now available. It covers the years from 2013 to 2016. Printed copies can obtained in room B 006 at the Campus in Koblenz and a digital copy is available online.
27 years ago the World Wide Web was born. Since then many things have changed: The Web has become the largest socio-technical construct of mankind, its users evolved from information consumers to socially connected prosumers.