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ECS Professor explores future of the Web

Published: 11 June 2010

The way the internet has transformed society and how it could develop in the future, will be discussed by Professor David De Roure at a free event in Aberdeen this week.

Web scientist Professor David De Roure of the School of Electronics and Computer Science - whose studies focus on the evolution of the Web - will be talking at Waterstone’s Union Bridge branch, Aberdeen, at 7 pm on Wednesday 16 June in the University of Aberdeen's Café Scientifique series.

Professor De Roure will outline how what began as an innovative way of linking documents has now become the most prevalent way of linking people together. He will share glimpses of what the future of how we use the Web could look like, and discuss some of the factors which could shape the way we use the internet in the years ahead.

Professor De Roure is a champion for the Web Science Trust, which brings academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers from around the world together to foster research into the World Wide Web, and to look at issues and challenges that will impact on its future use and design.

His current research activities include a social website for scientists and a major project analysing music on the Web.

Professor De Roure moves from the University of Southampton to the University of Oxford in July where he will take up the post of Professor of e-Research.

Dr Ken Skeldon from the University of Aberdeen’s Public Engagement with Science Unit who spearheads Café Scientifique said: “The aim is to provide the public with the chance to gain real insights from leading lights in the world of science and engage in discussion and debate.

“We are very fortunate to have Professor De Roure – a prominent UK figure in the study of the World Wide Web – in Aberdeen to speak to a public audience on how the Web has evolved and the influences and factors which could shape its use in the future.”

For further information contact Joyce Lewis; tel.+44(0)23 8059 5453

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