COST Action TD1210: "Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes - KNOWeSCAPE"
The COST TD1210 action aims at the design of knowledge maps and new information retrieval models for the study and navigation of large information spaces. To this end, the action creates an interdisciplinary forum involving experts from library and information science, mathematics, physics, social sciences, communication design, economics and computer science. The combined expertise of these diverse communities will be used to advance the analysis of large knowledge spaces and to improve our understanding of behavioral patterns underlying content generation, navigation and consumption. Based on the resulting models for social dynamics in collaborative knowledge spaces like Wikipedia or Mendeley, novel methods for the classification, representation, navigation and visualization of knowledge in terms of interactive knowledge maps will be developed.
The COST TD1210 action grew out of a number of European activities, in particular the previous, highly successful COST MP0801 action "Physics of Competition and Conflicts'' which ended in Summer 2012. A major focus of COST MP0801 was the application of physics concepts to the modeling and analysis of social systems with strategically interacting agents. Similarly, COST TD1210 seeks to apply an interdisciplinary, quantitative approach to the modeling and analysis of information spaces and the design of novel retrieval, recommendation and visualization methods that are inspired by social mechanism of content navigation and evaluation. COST TD1210 has the advantage to build on an already established European network of collaborations, which will be extended by new nodes with particular competence in the representation, classification and mining of information in large knowledge repositories.
One of the main objectives of the COST TD1210 action is to apply methods and abstractions developed in statistical physics, mathematics, and computer science to improve our understanding of knowledge spaces and the knowledge ordering processes applied to them. As such, the COST TD1210 action represents a timely and important contribution to the interdisciplinary study of socio-technical systems. By fostering the application of concepts from natural sciences in the (digital) humanities, it effectively contributes to the development of the comparably young field of modeling socio-technical systems from a quantitative perspective.
The scientiﬁc programme of the COST TD1210 action rests on four mutually related Working Groups (WG):
The Swiss Chapter of COST TD1210
Quantitative research in the social sciences, using agent-based computer simulations and other techniques developed for complex systems, is still in an infant stage -- not just in Switzerland, but also internationally. This also relates to the fact that social science research receives considerably less external funding, compared to the natural or life sciences. Participating in this action allows the Swiss nodes to quickly improve this situation, by accessing the competence of, and using collaborations with, other European nodes.
The Swiss interest in COST TD1210 can be grouped into three points:
Swiss projects related to this COST action: