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Joint venture hopes to shape the future of the Web

19 November 2012

The University of Southampton in the UK and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany have launched 'SoFWIRed', a new collaborative venture in Web and Internet Science.

Southampton is credited for making the breakthrough in developing the low-loss optical fibres that ‘drive’ the internet

Researchers from the University of Southampton and Germany’s Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are embarking on a series of activities that is hoped will lead to the development of comprehensive, interoperable platforms for data and knowledge-driven processing of open data.

The project will also investigate aspects of collective intelligence through social collaboration and crowd sourcing, dynamic web objects and Internet services.

One of the principal aims of the collaboration will be to develop the concept of a ‘Web Observatory’ to enable researchers to share data about how the Web and society evolve over time, analyse how it impacts on business activity and develop mechanisms and tools to enable further interpretation and analysis.  

The project will be headed by Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Nigel Shadbolt from the University of Southampton and the two ITC Fraunhofer Institutes for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS (Sankt Augustin) and for Open Communication Systems FOKUS (Berlin).


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