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Multilayer Networks

Most real and engineered systems include multiple subsystems and layers of connectivity, and it is important to take such features into account to try to obtain a complete understanding of these systems. It is thus necessary to generalize "traditional" network theory by developing (and validating) a framework and associated tools to study multilayer systems in a comprehensive fashion. The origins of such efforts occurred several decades ago, but now the study of multilayer networks has become one of the major directions in network science. In this paper, we discuss the history of multilayer networks (and related concepts) and then review the exploding body of work on such networks. To unify the disparate terminology in the large body of recent work, we discuss a general framework for multilayer networks, construct a dictionary of terminology to relate the numerous existing concepts to each other, and provide a thorough discussion that compares, contrasts, and translates between related notions such as multilayer networks, multiplex networks, interdependent networks, networks of networks, and many others. We also survey and discuss existing data sets that can be represented as multilayer networks. We review attempts to generalize single-layer-network diagnostics to multilayer networks and discuss the rapidly expanding research on multilayer-network models and notions like community detection, connected components, tensor decompositions, and various types of dynamical processes on multilayer networks. We conclude with a summary and an outlook.

 

Multilayer Networks
Mikko Kivelä, Alexandre Arenas, Marc Barthelemy, James P. Gleeson, Yamir Moreno, Mason A. Porter

http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.7233


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The Hidden Danger of Big Data

The Hidden Danger of Big Data | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it
With big data, we can multiply our options and filter out things we don’t want to see. But there is much to be said for making discoveries through pure serendipity: contingency and randomness often furnish the transformational or counterintuitive ideas that propel humanity forward.

 

The Hidden Danger of Big Data

Carlo Ratti & Dirk Helbing

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/data-optimization-danger-by-carlo-ratti-and-dirk-helbing-2016-08


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Fruitful symbioses between termites and computers

The living-together of distinct organisms in a single termite nest along with the termite builder colony, is emblematic in its ecological and evolutionary significance. On top of preserving biodiversity, these interspecific and intraspecific symbioses provide useful examples of interindividual associations thought to underly transitions in organic evolution. Being interindividual in nature, such processes may involve emergent phenomena and hence call for analytical solutions provided by computing tools and modelling, as opposed to classical biological methods of analysis. Here we provide selected examples of such solutions, showing that termite studies may profit from a symbiotic-like link with computing science to open up wide and new research avenues in ecology and evolution.

 

Fruitful symbioses between termites and computers
Og DeSouza, Elio Tuci, Octavio Miramontes

http://arxiv.org/abs/1608.05367


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Introduction to Focus Issue: Complex Dynamics in Networks, Multilayered Structures and Systems

In the last years, network scientists have directed their interest to the multi-layer character of real-world systems, and explicitly considered the structural and dynamical organization of graphs made of diverse layers between its constituents. Most complex systems include multiple subsystems and layers of connectivity and, in many cases, the interdependent components of systems interact through many different channels. Such a new perspective is indeed found to be the adequate representation for a wealth of features exhibited by networked systems in the real world. The contributions presented in this Focus Issue cover, from different points of view, the many achievements and still open questions in the field of multi-layer networks, such as: new frameworks and structures to represent and analyze heterogeneous complex systems, different aspects related to synchronization and centrality of complex networks, interplay between layers, and applications to logistic, biological, social, and technological fields.

 

Introduction to Focus Issue: Complex Dynamics in Networks, Multilayered Structures and Systems
Stefano Boccaletti, Regino Criado, Miguel Romance and Joaquín J. Torres

Chaos 26, 065101 (2016); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4953595


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Artificial Life and decentralised systems - How To See Thoughts

Artificial Life and decentralised systems - How To See Thoughts | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it
Decentralised systems are systems in which complex behaviours emerges from simple interactions between many agents, such as birds, cells, people driving
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The New York Times Insights - The Psychology of Sharing

The New York Times Insights - The Psychology of Sharing | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it

Why do people share? The Psychology of Sharing reveals groundbreaking research conducted by The New York Times Customer Insight Group, that fills this knowledge gap.


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WHY OUR INNOVATION SYSTEM IS FAILING - and How to Change This

Our innovation system has terribly failed. It is well designed to support gradual improvements of our knowledge and technologies. But it does not support disruptive innovations well, which would create new qualities and functionalities, or question the basis of our established knowledge and routines. Moreover, our knowledge does not keep up anymore with the pace at which our world changes, and solutions to new problems often come with serious delays. Therefore, we need to re-invent innovation. In particularly, we must learn to create systems embracing collective intelligence that surpasses the intelligence of even the brightest individual and of powerful supercomputing solutions. This cannot be based on top-down nor majority decisions. Diversity is absolutely crucial for collective intelligence to work…

 

WHY OUR INNOVATION SYSTEM IS FAILING - and How to Change This

by Dirk Helbing

http://futurict.blogspot.mx/2016/08/why-our-innovation-system-is-failing_87.html


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Higher-order organization of complex networks

Networks are a fundamental tool for understanding and modeling complex systems in physics, biology, neuroscience, engineering, and social science. Many networks are known to exhibit rich, lower-order connectivity patterns that can be captured at the level of individual nodes and edges. However, higher-order organization of complex networks—at the level of small network subgraphs—remains largely unknown. Here, we develop a generalized framework for clustering networks on the basis of higher-order connectivity patterns. This framework provides mathematical guarantees on the optimality of obtained clusters and scales to networks with billions of edges. The framework reveals higher-order organization in a number of networks, including information propagation units in neuronal networks and hub structure in transportation networks. Results show that networks exhibit rich higher-order organizational structures that are exposed by clustering based on higher-order connectivity patterns.

 

Higher-order organization of complex networks
Austin R. Benson, David F. Gleich, Jure Leskovec

Science  08 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6295, pp. 163-166
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aad9029


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Why Groups Fail (Hint: For the Same Reasons that Nations Fail) - Evonomics

Why Groups Fail (Hint: For the Same Reasons that Nations Fail) - Evonomics | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it
To solve the problem of abuse by power-hungry leaders, the first step must be the adoption of a worldview that makes it obvious.
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Network Science: Albert-László Barabási: 9781107076266: Amazon.com: Books

Network Science

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Network Science [Albert-László Barabási] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Networks are everywhere, from the Internet, to social networks, and the genetic networks that determine our biological existence. Illustrated throughout in full colour
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What’s to be done with Oxfam?

How about emphasis on building cross-organizational and country networks and TONS of reflection and learning?

 

"Too small to influence economics, too
bureaucratic to be social movements, banned from politics and removed from the
societies they’re trying to change, where do NGOs go next?

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Building intentional networks that drive impact (part 1)

Building intentional networks that drive impact (part 1) | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it
These days everyone is familiar with some type of network – whether that's their professional network on LinkedIn, their social network on Facebook, or the informal web of relationships within your local community. But there's a distinct difference between a network as a structure of relationships and a network as a
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Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension (by Samuel Arbesman)

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Why did the New York Stock Exchange suspend trading without warning on July 8, 2015? Why did certain Toyota vehicles accelerate uncontrollably against the will of their drivers? Why does the programming inside our airplanes occasionally surprise its creators? 
   After a thorough analysis by the top experts, the answers still elude us. 
   You don’t understand the software running your car or your iPhone. But here’s a secret: neither do the geniuses at Apple or the Ph.D.’s at Toyota—not perfectly, anyway. No one, not lawyers, doctors, accountants, or policy makers, fully grasps the rules governing your tax return, your retirement account, or your hospital’s medical machinery. The same technological advances that have simplified our lives have made the systems governing our lives incomprehensible, unpredictable, and overcomplicated. 
   In Overcomplicated, complexity scientist Samuel Arbesman offers a fresh, insightful field guide to living with complex technologies that defy human comprehension. As technology grows more complex, Arbesman argues, its behavior mimics the vagaries of the natural world more than it conforms to a mathematical model. If we are to survive and thrive in this new age, we must abandon our need for governing principles and rules and accept the chaos. By embracing and observing the freak accidents and flukes that disrupt our lives, we can gain valuable clues about how our algorithms really work. What’s more, we will become better thinkers, scientists, and innovators as a result. 


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The new challenges of multiplex networks: measures and models

What do societies, the Internet, and the human brain have in common? The immediate answer might be "not that much", but in reality they are all examples of complex relational systems, whose emerging behaviours are largely determined by the non-trivial networks of interactions among their constituents, namely individuals, computers, or neurons. In the last two decades, network scientists have proposed models of increasing complexity to better understand real-world systems. Only recently we have realised that multiplexity, i.e. the coexistence of several types of interactions among the constituents of a complex system, is responsible for substantial qualitative and quantitative differences in the type and variety of behaviours that a complex system can exhibit. As a consequence, multilayer and multiplex networks have become a hot topic in complexity science. Here we provide an overview of some of the measures proposed so far to characterise the structure of multiplex networks, and a selection of models aiming at reproducing those structural properties and at quantifying their statistical significance. Focusing on a subset of relevant topics, this brief review is a quite comprehensive introduction to the most basic tools for the analysis of multiplex networks observed in the real-world. The wide applicability of multiplex networks as a framework to model complex systems in different fields, from biology to social sciences, and the colloquial tone of the paper will make it an interesting read for researchers working on both theoretical and experimental analysis of networked systems.

 

The new challenges of multiplex networks: measures and models
Federico Battiston, Vincenzo Nicosia, Vito Latora

http://arxiv.org/abs/1606.09221


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After a decade of R&D, MaidSafe’s decentralized network opens for alpha testing

After a decade of R&D, MaidSafe’s decentralized network opens for alpha testing | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it

Not many startups have spent a decade fine-tuning their tech platform prior to launch. But not many startups are trying to radically rethink the structure of the internet.


UK-based MaidSafe, which has been building an alternative, decentralized p2p network since before Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone, is finally — finally! — gearing up for a tentative launch — flicking the switch on its first alpha test network today.


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Great news! These guys worked very hard to create a truly decentralized, private, safe and democratic Internet. Hopefully this grand vision will unfold to its fullest in the coming couple of years.
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How trees talk to each other

How trees talk to each other | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it
"A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery -- trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

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A multilayer approach to multiplexity and link prediction in online geo-social networks

Online social systems are multiplex in nature as multiple links may exist between the same two users across different social media. In this work, we study the geo-social properties of multiplex links, spanning more than one social network and apply their structural and interaction features to the problem of link prediction across social networking services. Exploring the intersection of two popular online platforms - Twitter and location-based social network Foursquare - we represent the two together as a composite multilayer online social network, where each platform represents a layer in the network. We find that pairs of users connected on both services, have greater neighbourhood similarity and are more similar in terms of their social and spatial properties on both platforms in comparison with pairs who are connected on just one of the social networks. Our evaluation, which aims to shed light on the implications of multiplexity for the link generation process, shows that we can successfully predict links across social networking services. In addition, we also show how combining information from multiple heterogeneous networks in a multilayer configuration can provide new insights into user interactions on online social networks, and can significantly improve link prediction systems with valuable applications to social bootstrapping and friend recommendations.

 

A multilayer approach to multiplexity and link prediction in online geo-social networks
Hristova D, Noulas A, Brown C, Musolesi M, Mascolo C
EPJ Data Science 2016, 5 :24 (26 July 2016)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0087-z


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Webinar : Successfully Transitioning Your Organization to a Network Mindset (Video & Slides) | Leadership Learning Community

Webinar : Successfully Transitioning Your Organization to a Network Mindset (Video & Slides) | Leadership Learning Community | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it

This is excellent!

 

Friday, June 10, 201610:00 -11:00 am Pacific | 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Working in networked ways is fundamentally different than traditional ways of working.

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The strength of long ties and the weakness of strong ties: Knowledge diffusion through supply chain networks

•Examines the effects of supply chains on productivity and innovation through knowledge diffusion.
•Ties with distant suppliers benefit more than ties with neighboring suppliers.
•Ties with neighboring clients benefit more than ties with distant clients.
•Density of a firm's ego network has a negative effect.
•These results suggest that access to diversified is important for knowledge diffusion.

 

The strength of long ties and the weakness of strong ties: Knowledge diffusion through supply chain networks ☆
Yasuyuki Todoa, , , Petr Matousb, , Hiroyasu Inoue

Research Policy

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2016.06.008


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Alzheimer’s Association: Cooperation, Competition, or Consolidation?

Alzheimer’s Association: Cooperation, Competition, or Consolidation? | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, federations and similar networks of nonprofits have found themselves in battles as central offices have pushed to consolidate and local groups have defended their space. A nonprofit expert considers, in the wake of recent upheavals in the Alzheimer’s Association network, whether the work he did laying a framework for the chapter-to-central relationship actually “took.”
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Collaborative Learning and Generous Exchange: The Heart of Networked Work - New Directions Collaborative

Collaborative Learning and Generous Exchange: The Heart of Networked Work - New Directions Collaborative | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it
to strengthen networks, create direct experiences of learning in a collaborative way and of exchanging information/resources/work in new ways
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A New Economy: Social, Commons, Feminist, and Environmental

A New Economy: Social, Commons, Feminist, and Environmental | networks and network weaving | Scoop.it

The following book review by our P2Pvalue colleague Mayo Fuster Morell was originally published on the CCCBLab site. Image CC-BY Democracy Chronicles
Cases such as Airbnb, Uber, and eBay have popularised the concept of the sharing economy.
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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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