Topic “wikipedia”


Design versus Emergence - Visualization of Knowledge Orders

Created by Almila Akdag Salah, an expert in the field of digital humanities and art history, Cheng Gao, a computer scientist and scientific programmer, Krzysztof Suchecki, a specialist in complex networks and sociophysics, and Andrea Scharnhorst, Head of Research at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, this map shows the differences between the category structure of Wikipedia and the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) system. Shown on the left is the main tree structure of Wikipedia categories (top-four levels).

Conference/workshop presentation

Research diversity - 3

Andrea Scharnhorst has participated, as invited expert, in a meeting on "Research diversity and bibliometrics", September 30-October1, 2011 organized by the Institute for Library and Information Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin. She gave a talk on "Evolution of the category system in wikipedia" (Based on work of the Knowledge Space Lab).

30/09/2011 - 01/10/2011,
Conference/workshop presentation

Design vs. Emergence: The structure of knowledge

Complex networks have been widely used to represent various types of systems. Examples range from straightforward ones such the Internet (routers and physical connections between them) to the highly abstract like protein folding networks or of social behavior (such as phone calls networks). It is obvious that representing a complex system as a simple graph is a reduction of information, showing only one aspect of the original system. In most studies only one such aspect is investigated, using a single, specific characteristic to build the network that is further investigated.

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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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Understanding knowledge dynamics - providing knowledge for everybody

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

Grant application

The Visual Navigator through Knowledge Spaces – visually searching the Wikipedia

What new tools are needed to understand contemporary knowledge structures? How can high level patterns in knowledge and information spaces be detected and mapped? Can we develop a generic tool for visual navigation in large databases with variable choice of dimensions and attributes to render high level patterns? This project addresses these questions by taking the case of the Wikipedia as an example of a contemporary knowledge structure which is particularly relevant to the humanities.

This grant application has been submitted to the "Computational Humanities Programme" of the KNAW.

Conference/workshop presentation

At search for a knowledge space – between classification schemes and knowledge flows

Krzysztof gave this talk at the Infrastructure Landscape Workshop organized by BiG Grid and CLARIN to bring together possible users of Grid technologies from natural and social sciences and from humanities. The workshop took place at SARA, Amsterdam, Sciencepark. The pdf of the presentation can be found here

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