Posts Tagged ‘Web Science’

New Competition Lets You Vote For The MOOC You’d Like To See Produced

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are gaining greater ground. Earlier this year we looked at some semantics-related MOOCs of study from outfits like Coursera, edX and Udacity. Since then, news has gone around about some other MOOC opportunities (albeit not necessarily with semantic course offerings), such as MOOC2Degree, Canvas Network, CourseSites, Udemy and Thinkful. The Hasso Plattner Institute also is involved with its openHPI courses, including coverage of semantic web technologies.

Now, word comes that Iversity, which offers its own MOOC platform, and the Foundation for German Science are sponsoring a competition to produce ten MOOCs, five courses for the winter term 2013/14 and five courses for the summer semester 2014. Winners will get  25,000 Euro grants each towards production. The MOOC Production Fellowship selection process is being managed by Iversity, as is the subsequent course production.

About 250 concepts for online courses have been submitted so far, and Internet users have up until May 23 to cast their votes for the ones they view as particularly interesting and groundbreaking. A list of submissions is here.

The categories range from linguistics and cultural studies to interdisciplinary work to natural and computer sciences. The entries include courses focused on semantic, social analytics and related technologies:

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A Vision of Web Science

Nick Barnes of Climate Code recently shared his vision for the future of Web Science. He writes, “The culture and practice of science is undergoing a revolution, driven by technological change. While most scientists are excited by the shifts and the opportunities they present, some are uneasy about the pace of change, and unclear about the destination: where is science going, and how will it help their own research. In this post, I will lay out my vision of twenty-first century science: the shape of future scientific practice, and in particular the future of scientific computation and data-processing.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences is looking for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Web Science in Pittsburgh, PA. According to the post, the candidate should have deep knowledge of “Data-intensive scholarship; Information visualization; Data mining; Semantic web; [and] Web engineering.” It states, “The University of Pittsburgh has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, while the iSchool security curriculum has been certified by the Committee on National System Security (CNSS) as meeting the national standards for information security education. In Web Science, numerous opportunities exist for collaboration on large-scale Web Service projects, including collaboration with the Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Intelligent Systems Program at Pitt.” Read more