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Research That Matters

Topics that Matter

WeST members perform research on a large number of topics that evolve around the World Wide Web and how people use it. The web is a virtual space for people to interact and share experiences. 

WeST members find themselves in different topic groups. The Social Web and Web Retrieval group studies user behavior on the web with computer science methods. The Semantic Web group studies how to link, search, retrieve and aggregate data on the web. The objective of the working group Interactive Web and Human Computing is to make interaction with computers easier for Web users. Finally, the Software and Services in the Web group deals with issues relating to integrating semantic web principles with software engineering. In addition to foundational research we also develop software tools and services that make the information on the web more accessible.

Here you will find an overview of our topic groups.

Cooperative Research Projects

WeST usually has six simultaneously running national and international projects. Most research conducted at the institute is funded through national and international scientific projects. On average, the institute receives about 1 million Euro per year for work funded by the European Union, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) and others.

See a list of our research projects here.

Publication of Research Results

The WeST Institute is regularly present at the main conferences on the topic of the Web, Web Science, and the Semantic Web. Since 2011, WeST has produced 95 publications (as at August 2014). Here you will find a list of all publications.

In addition, the WeST Institute has organized multiple conferences and workshops (seven since 2010). Highlights include INFORMATIK 2013 (the largest computer science conference in Germany), the International Web Science Conference (WebSci) in 2012, as well as the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in 2011.

Research You Can Use

Our research includes the creation of software systems for evaluation of our results. During our projects, we implement cutting edge technologies in integrated prototypes to allow a smooth transistion of these results into practice.  We publish all our research software under open-source licenses and invite the research community to contribute and collaborate.

See our research software packages.

Datasets for Everyone

Researchers all over the world use datasets that got prepared and published by WeST. These datasets include data from social neworks, ontologies, folksonomies, semantic web datasets and information networks. We publish these datasets under open licenses, and offer both datasets of general interest as well as datasets for reproducing individual experiments.  

In particular, we curate a collection of network datasets including social networks, information networks, communication networks, and many more in the Koblenz Network Collection (KONECT).  

Click here to see all datasets we made available.