Topic “Amsterdam”

Externally funded project

Enhancing Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Innovation through Hybrid Forms of Publication

The first objective of this project is to develop hybrid forms of publications. These will consist of Web sites to complement four books originally or currently being prepared as printed volumes for commercial and university-based publishers. These Web sites will contain a broad range of features that are designed to enhance the printed versions of these books with regard to:
• supplementary resources (e.g., links, blogs, chapter appendices, author profiles);
• chapter visualizations (e.g., animations, figures, tables) in color;
• hyperlinks, both internal and external to the book texts;

01/01/2011 - 30/06/2011

Enhanced publication of the month - a SURF award

The project "Enhancing Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Innovation through Hybrid Forms of Publication" got selected as Enhanced Publication of the month by the SURF Foundation.

Grant acquisition

CEDAR - Census data open linked – From fragment to fabric – Dutch census data in a web of global cultural and historic information

The research project “Census data open linked – CEDAR – From fragment to fabric – Dutch census data in a web of global cultural and historic information”, one of the projects of the Computational Humanities program of the KNAW, was awarded and will be launched in the autumn of 2011.

Within CEDAR two PhD students and a postdoc will work for more than four years together on the semantic access of data from the Dutch census of the last two centuries. The PhD students are supervised by Frank van Harmelen (VU) and Kees Mandemakers (IISG / Erasmus University Rotterdam).


Grant writing and research - grant writing or research?

Andrea has given a guest lecture addressing issues of writing research grants. This lecture was part of a session about the role of peer review in the current science system, organized by Sally Wyatt in the framework of the curricula of CAST (Cultures of Art, Science & Technology) students, University of Maastricht. The other lecture was given by Paul Wouters on peer review in scientific publishing.

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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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