Topic “Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and the Social Sciences, KNAW”
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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

Conference/workshop organization

Modelling Knowledge Dynamics

In the frame of the COST action MP0801 " Physics of Competition and Conflicts" an international workshop on "Modelling Knowledge Dynamics" took place at the VKS, October 9-10, organized by Andrea Scharnhorst. About 30 participants discussed methods of mapping, measuring, and modelling processes of knowledge creation in the sciences.

09/10/2010 - 10/10/2010,
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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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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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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,


Nowadays humanities is under the pressure of applying evaluation methods and indicators, which were originally designed for disciplines where journal-based communication is the leading paradigm.

With the aim to empower scholars by providing sophisticated information retrieval tools the Knowledge Space Lab team at the VKS has developed a website which allows to display the position and environment of every individual journal in A&HCI (2008) based on their similarities in citation patterns.

As an editor you might want to know which other journals are see as "similar" from an outside view or use the same bibliographic resources as your journal.

As scholar seeking for a publication venue you might want to get a different insight or view on the "family" of your journal.

As scholar being evaluated according to journal publications in specific bibliographic databases you might want to get factual evidence about the relevance (or irrelevance) of journal-based communication in your speciality by looking at the density of networks around representative journals.


Jankowski, Nicholas W.

Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and the Social Sciences, KNAW
The Netherlands
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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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