Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds PROFESSOR DAME WENDY HALL: The Web is transforming society.
Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds PROFESSOR SIR NIGEL SHADBOLT: It’s changed everything we do, the way we make love and war. Pretty well, everything’s been changed by it.
Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds PROFESSOR LES CARR: For better or for worse, the Web is transforming the world.
Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds PROFESSOR SUSAN HALFORD: But the Web is not just a technology. The Web is what technologies and people have done together.
Skip to 0 minutes and 31 seconds WENDY HALL: This is the most important thing that’s happening at the moment. The development of the Web and the internet and how that’s changing everything about what we do, how we communicate with each other, how we manage ourselves as a society. It’s so, so important. But we really don’t understand it.
Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds LES CARR: Well, it is a vast subject. And we’re only just scratching at the surfaces at the moment. But what you’ll get from a short course like this is just an introduction. I hope it will do something that will make you curious and start to see the Web in a new way. You’ll start to understand what it really is. A network not just of computers across the whole world, but a network of people using computers. And the computers changing the way that they do those things. We just want to introduce you to some of those ideas.
Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds SUSAN HALFORD: If you think about the fact that at the click of a mouse, we can access millions of pages of information from a global library of documents, within seconds. The exciting thing is that you’d get a taster of Web science. And I think the other thing you would get is access to people who are absolutely the world experts in Web science.
Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds NIGEL SHADBOLT: This course is going to give you insights at all levels in the Web, the shape and structure the Web, how we use it to solve problems together, how democracy is being changed by the way we interact on the Web, how science is being changed.
Skip to 1 minute and 51 seconds WENDY HALL: We want to encourage people to really think about Web science and think about doing a degree in Web science. But very few people understand what it is we’re talking about.
Skip to 2 minutes and 1 second SUSAN HALFORD: Web science is the name that we have given to an area of study that is trying to understand the impact that the Web is having on the world and the way that the Web is changing.
Skip to 2 minutes and 10 seconds LES CARR: I hope what we’ll be able to do with this is to make you think about the Web in a different way.
Skip to 2 minutes and 15 seconds NIGEL SHADBOLT: In the ways it’s empowering both consumers and citizens in countries all around the world. And it ain’t done yet.