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How well would your organisation communicate in a crisis?

My colleague Neil Chapman of WPNT (pictured) has been talking about what’s needed for an organisation to communicate effectively in a crisis – and in his view, crisis plans need to be practice
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Lucy Suchman: Agencies at the Interface

Lucy Suchman: Agencies at the Interface | Complexity and the World | Scoop.it
This talk considers how capacities for action are currently figured at the human–machine interface, and how they might be imaginatively and materially reconfigured. Drawing on examples from recent scholarship in anthropology, science and technology studies, and media arts and design, Suchman argues for research aimed at tracing differences that matter within specific sociomaterial arrangements, without resorting to essentialist human-machine divides. This requires expanding our unit of analysis, while taking responsibility for the inevitable cuts or boundaries through which technological systems are made.
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Disconnected, fragmented, or united? a trans-disciplinary review of network science

During decades the study of networks has been divided between the efforts of social scientists and natural scientists, two groups of scholars who often do not see eye to eye. In this review I present an effort to mutually translate the work conducted by scholars from both of these academic fronts hoping to continue to unify what has become a diverging body of literature. I argue that social and natural scientists fail to see eye to eye because they have diverging academic goals. Social scientists focus on explaining how context specific social and economic mechanisms drive the structure of networks and on how networks shape social and economic outcomes. By contrast, natural scientists focus primarily on modeling network characteristics that are independent of context, since their focus is to identify universal characteristics of systems instead of context specific mechanisms. In the following pages I discuss the differences between both of these literatures by summarizing the parallel theories advanced to explain link formation and the applications used by scholars in each field to justify their approach to network science. I conclude by providing an outlook on how these literatures can be further unified.

 

Disconnected, fragmented, or united? a trans-disciplinary review of network science
César A. Hidalgo
Applied Network Science 2016 1:6
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41109-016-0010-3


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Ranking in interconnected multilayer networks reveals versatile nodes

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The determination of the most central agents in complex networks is important because they are responsible for a faster propagation of information, epidemics, failures and congestion, among others. A challenging problem is to identify them in networked systems characterized by different types of interactions, forming interconnected multilayer networks. Here we describe a mathematical framework that allows us to calculate centrality in such networks and rank nodes accordingly, finding the ones that play the most central roles in the cohesion of the whole structure, bridging together different types of relations. These nodes are the most versatile in the multilayer network. We investigate empirical interconnected multilayer networks and show that the approaches based on aggregating—or neglecting—the multilayer structure lead to a wrong identification of the most versatile nodes, overestimating the importance of more marginal agents and demonstrating the power of versatility in predicting their role in diffusive and congestion processes.

 

Ranking in interconnected multilayer networks reveals versatile nodes
Manlio De Domenico, Albert Solé-Ribalta, Elisa Omodei, Sergio Gómez & Alex Arenas

Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6868 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms7868 ;


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Dmitry Alexeev's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:03 AM

 insight on the networks

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Complexity Theory: A short film (5')

A short film about complexity theory and the shift in paradigm from the Newtonian clockwork universe to complex systems. Enjoy : ) From http://www.fotonlabs.com

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, January 14, 2015 10:47 AM

Nicely done

Leadership Learning Community's curator insight, January 23, 2015 11:31 AM

Visualizes complex systems and networks in a powerful way, brings clarity and a much deeper understanding to very abstract concepts

Jamie Billingham's curator insight, February 25, 2015 12:24 AM

Learning and the education system(s) are incredibly complex. 

 

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Call for applications for co-researchers of the VISTAC - Science & Technology Visuals in Translation project

VISTAC – Science & Technology Visuals in Translation

 

Call for Applications for Co-Researchers

 

The VISTAC – Science & Technology Visuals in Translation team is seeking researchers interested in collaborating with the project, to begin on October, 2014. The co-researchers will assist the VISTAC project by helping with an online survey aimed at understanding

(a) how important translating S&T visuals is for translators, translation companies and publishers, 
(b) how S&T documentation is prepared for translation.

The survey will be disseminated in the top 10 Internet languages.

 

Co-researcher duties will include collecting data from the questionnaires answered, analyzing the data, communicating the findings, and providing language-specific support to the project activities. This collaboration will be divided into three stages:

1) survey development (October 2014); 
2) survey dissemination (from November 2014 to January 2015);
3) survey data analysis (from February to June 2015).

 

It is essential for collaborators to be able to work as part of a team, have Office software skills, have working knowledge of English and (preferably) be native speakers of one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish.

Collaborating with VISTAC is a good opportunity for developing research experience, networking and enhancing your quantitative data analysis techniques.

 

Parties interested should send the following by October 15, 2014 to Marta Pacheco Pinto at egma@sapo.pt.

 

Short bionote (max. 250 words), containing your name, affiliation, contact, and specification of language skills, as well as mentioning main research interests, projects and, if any, selected publications.

 

Letter of support (max. 550 words), explaining why you would like to participate in the project and how you meet the above described needs.

 

Should you have any questions about this call, please feel free to contact us at egma@sapo.pt.

 

Please distribute widely.

 

Thank you!

 

Marta Pacheco Pinto
Joana Moura

Project website: https://blogs.nmt.edu/digitalhumanities/cluster-i/visualizing-science-and-technology-across-cultures-vistac/

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FuturICT Blog: THE WORLD AFTER BIG DATA: WHAT THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION MEANS FOR US

FuturICT Blog: THE WORLD AFTER BIG DATA: WHAT THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION MEANS FOR US | Complexity and the World | Scoop.it
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Approaches to the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Philippe Descola and Bruno Latour - YouTube

Dr. Philippe Descola was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Peter Wall Institute and Dr. Bruno Latour was the fall 2013 Wall Exchange lecturer, and on...
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The Most Important Teaching Skill for the Modern Educator to Master

The Most Important Teaching Skill for the Modern Educator to Master | Complexity and the World | Scoop.it
There are many abilities under the umbrella of teaching skill that educators needs today. But if there was only one you could pick, make it this one.
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Frontiers | The role of body and environment in cognition

Frontiers | The role of body and environment in cognition | Complexity and the World | Scoop.it
Recent evidence has shown many ways in which our bodies and the environment influence cognition.


In this Research Topic we aim to develop our understanding of cognition by considerin
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Connectivity is Destiny | RSA Replay | Parag Khanna

It is time to reimagine how life is organized on Earth. We're accelerating into a future shaped less by countries and more by mega-cities; less by border
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Lucy Suchman: Restoring Information's Body - Remediations at the human-machine interface

Lucy Suchman's Medea Talk explores recent developments in the study of digital media that recover the entanglements of bodies and technologies. Drawing on
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"From networks and communities to action nets: Understanding Internet-induced acts of organizing and connecting." Yang Song, Wietske Van Osch

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César Hidalgo on Why Information Grows - YouTube

César visits the RSA to present a new view of the relationship between individual and collective knowledge, linking information theory, economics and biology...
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Anthropocene: The human age

Anthropocene: The human age | Complexity and the World | Scoop.it
Momentum is building to establish a new geological epoch that recognizes humanity's impact on the planet. But there is fierce debate behind the scenes.
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Responding to complexity in socio-economic systems: How to build a smart and resilient society?

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A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED | Complexity and the World | Scoop.it
It's a question that's perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he has an answer.

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Christof Koch - always worth listening to. 

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Science and Serendipity: Happenstance and Other Factors Underlying Accidental Discoveries - YouTube

"Science and Serendipity" short video explores the role of happenstance and other factors contributing to accidental discoveries. With: Karin D. Knorr Cetina...
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Massive Visualizations at CeBIT Depict The Scale of “Big Data”

Massive Visualizations at CeBIT Depict The Scale of “Big Data” | Complexity and the World | Scoop.it
At this year’s CeBIT computer trade fair in Hannover, Germany, the world’s most impressive and eccentric new technology has been on display. But between
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Donna Haraway: "From Cyborgs to Companion Species" - YouTube

Donna Haraway presented her lecture as the 2003-2004 Avenali Chair in the Humanities at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley. Haraway is a pro...

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