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FuturlCT is a FET Flagship project using collective, participatory research, integrated across the fields of ICT, the social sciences and complexity science, to design socio-‐inspired technology and develop a science of global, socially interactive systems. The project will bring together, on a global level, Big Data, new modelling techniques and new forms of interaction, leading to a new understanding of society and its co-‐ evolution with technology. It will place Europe at the forefront of a major scientific drive to understand, explore and manage our complex, connected world in a more sustainable and resilient manner.

In this open access special issue of EPJST, you’ll find a fascinating set of contributions from European scientists who set out a 10 year research agenda within their fields: what are the really tough problems? There are also visionary position papers outlining the kind of socio-technical infrastructure that FuturICT will investigate, and a foregrounding of the ethical dimensions that human Big Data and Analytics always raise.
• Foreword
• Introduction: The FuturICT knowledge accelerator towards a more resilient and sustainable future
• FuturICT: Participatory computing to understand and manage our complex world in a more sustainable and resilient way
• Accelerating scientific discovery by formulating grand scientific challenges
• A planetary nervous system for social mining and collective awareness
• Towards a living earth simulator
• Towards a global participatory platform: Democratising open data, complexity science and collective intelligence
• FuturICT – The road towards ethical ICT
• Theoretical and technological building blocks for an innovation accelerator
• The FuturICT education accelerator
• Challenges in complex systems science
• Challenges in network science: Applications to infrastructures, climate, social systems and economics
• A complex systems approach to constructing better models for managing financial markets and the economy
• Manifesto of computational social science
• Exploratory of society
• An economic and financial exploratory
• Socio-inspired ICT: Towards a socially grounded society-ICT symbiosis
• Complexity aided design: The FuturICT technological innovation paradigm
• Causality discovery technology
• Smart cities of the future
• Data and models for exploring sustainability of human well-being in global environmental change
• The emerging energy web
• Towards integrative risk management and more resilient societies
• Linking science and arts: Intimate science, shared spaces and living experiments
• Big science and big administration: Confronting the governance, financial and legal challenges of FuturICT


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