Mission Statement

In a wide range of areas, including digital libraries, knowledge management, data mining, social media, electronic commerce, and Semantic Web, Web technologies are becoming ever more important for the sharing of data and metadata and for the management of knowledge. As such, the Web Science Lab (WSL) works to develop better methods to model, share, link and integrate data and information to enhance knowledge discovery and dissemination.

Because the current Web environment cannot provide adequate support for the data integration and knowledge discovery, the profile of Web Science has been raised by such calls for technological innovation, which opens up new possibilities for developing applications that will work across the Web by modeling, integrating, and linking data with best practices. The activities of the WSL seek to address these challenges by contributing to the development of a fundamental infrastructure for creating, integrating and managing metadata and data necessary for processing Web-based information, for intelligent retrieval, and for knowledge discovery.

The educational goal of the WSL is to provide students with opportunities to make full use of resources, tools, methodologies and processes that will provide a solid foundation for Web Science research, which is an increasingly influential component of Web engineering. The directors of the WSL endeavor to engage students in research and networking; to mentor them in publishing; to bring innovation and cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching practices; to offer novel graduate-level coursework focused on Web-related issues.

The research goal of the WSL is to provide students and colleagues with an environment in which they can collaborate on the advancement of theory and the exploration, extension and application of Web Science for a variety of research settings, with particular emphasis on settings related to library and information science.