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Veslava Osinska - knowledge map makers visiting KSL

Related to the workshop "Modelling Knowledge Dynamics" Dr. Osinska from the Institute of Information Sciences and Book History, Torun, Poland who has worked on visualizing the emergence of classifications systems in scientific communication visited the KSL/VKS and discussed possibilties to use her method and tool to visualize categorization in the WIKIPEDIA.

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Sociophysics and Infophysics

Serge Galam, a pioneer of the application of concepts and models from theoretical physics to social phenomena visited the VKS and discussed possibilities to better understand the survival of innovations (in a broad sense reaching from new ideas to new technologies) under unfavorite conditions. Serge who has contributed to understanding the dynamics of societal debates such as around global warming has recently also published in the field of scientometrics. See

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Direct visualization and cultural analytics

Lev Manovich, Professor at the Visual Arts Department of the University of California, San Diego ( visited the Knowledge Space Lab/VKS and gave a talk about his latest work: “How to read 1000000 Manga pages? Visualizing patterns in games, comics, art, cinema, TV, animation, TV, and print media”. The talk was also attended by a group of students from the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam together with Dr. Albert Ali Sahal.

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What do have financial transactions, on-line markets and web-based encyclopedias in common?

Peter Richmond, chair of the COST action "Physics of Competition and Conflicts" visited the Knowledge Space Lab and the Virtual Knowledge Studio from June 9-10, 2010. He gave a talk about possible "toy models" to explain strange regularities in statistical features of stock markets. Interestingly, complex systems of different nature express similar statistical properties. Statistical physics has developed an apparatus to analyze phenomena as phase transitions (sudden changes in the overall system behavior) and statistical fingerprints of non-linear interactions.

09/06/2010 - 10/06/2010,
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Classification - fortress or playing ground for knowledge organization?

Richard Smiraglia visits the Knowledge Space Lab to discuss the role of classifications for knowledge organization and the history of classification and bibliographies.

10/05/2010 - 25/05/2010,
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Understanding knowledge dynamics - providing knowledge for everybody

Subbiah Arunachalam visited the Knowledge Space Lab team and discussed with them the Wikipedia experiment.

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How to trace the diffusion of ideas through bibliometric networks?

Diana Lucio Arias stays as visiting fellow at the Knowledge Space Lab. She is involved in the book project “Models of Science Dynamics”.

15/04/2010 - 15/07/2010,
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Mapping Controversy on Wikipedia: Morgan Currie at Knowledge Space Lab

Morgan Currie visited the Knowledge Space Lab Project to present and discuss her recent research on one of the controversial pages from Wikipedia, namely the entry on Feminist Critique. The talk focused both on the tools that she applied to map and visualize the changes in the content of the article, as well as on how to define ‘controversy’ as ‘an epistemological device’ in the context of Wikipedia and as a phenomenon in general.

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CognitiveNet: Evangelos Karapanos at the Knowledge Space Lab

Evangelos Karapanos visited the Knowledge Space Lab Project to present and discuss his current research project idea - a tool to support researchers to archive, compare and analysis their own research trajectories in qualitative studies. The interesting question is if there is a possibility to register and share information beyond the usual retrieval of codified scientific information. Can tacit and embodies knowledge somehow be life-streamed and made be available for other researchers, or is it necessary to follow the learning curve individually?

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The Republic of Letters - Using Textual and Network Analysis to Study History and Model Science

Scott Weingart from the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, SLIS, Indiana University Bloomington, US visited the VKS and Knowledge Space Lab during his stay at the Huygens Institute due to a collaboration with Charles van den Heuvel and others.

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