Founded in the spirit of facilitating the transition from closed scientific enquiry to a more open model we aim to transcending barriers between disciplines, science and the society.
We foster research at crossroads between interdisciplinary life and health sciences, basic understanding of learning processes and novel education technology/methodology testing and implementation, and digital sciences.
Characterizing online participation in civic technologies
Research scientist at Wikimedia Foundation, adjunct professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and ELISAVA.
Civic technologies are becoming increasingly popular on the Internet by allowing citizens new forms, on a larger scale, of political participation. Given the opportunities of civic technologies in democratic governance, it should be noted that their design, like that of any online platform, is not neutral. The ways in which information is presented or interaction between users is allowed can greatly alter the results of participation. In this talk we will analyze the impact of different interventions in civic technologies in relation to online conversation views, ordering criteria for ranking petitions, and deliberative interfaces. Since these interventions were carried out by the corresponding development teams, the analyses required to develop novel computational and statistical methods, while also extending generative models of discussion threads to better characterize the dynamics of online conversations. Results of the different case studies highlight the social and political impact of these interventions, suggesting new directions for future research and the need to develop a paradigm of citizen experimentation for democracy.
We will have a Network Seminar by Renaud Lambiotte. The seminar will be online on Zoom. Please register here! to receive a link for online attendance
The date for the seminar is 20th January 2022 between 3 pm - 4 pm CET.
Title: Order and Disorder in Network Science
Abstract: A recurring theme in the study of complex systems is the emergence of order and disorder in systems. Historically, one can think of the Boltzmann equation, and the irreversible growth of disorder at the macroscopic scale from reversible dynamics at the microscopic scale. Reversely, scientists have been fascinated by the emergence of spatial and temporal patterns in interacting systems. In this talk, I will give a personal view on these two sides within the field of network science, whose combination of order and randomness is at the core of several works on network dynamics and algorithms.
Bio: Renaud Lambiotte has a PhD in physics from the Université libre de Bruxelles. After postdocs at ENS Lyon, Université de Liège, UCLouvain and Imperial College London, and a professorship in Mathematics at the University of Namur, he is currently associate professor at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. His main research interests are the modelling and analysis of processes taking place on large networks, with a particular focus on social and brain networks.
Peer-produced knowledge repository for Personal Science
Derived from 22 semi-structured interviews with Personal Science practitioners to better understand motivations, goals and values of the Open Humans self-research community, we are now collaboratively and iteratively designing a wiki-based knowledge repository for this emergent area of citizen science. Following action research and design-thinking principles, and in parallel to producing academic knowledge about this transdisciplinary context, the main aim of the "Personal Science Wiki" under development is to collectively collect, describe and improve useful resources for Personal Science practitioners - from self-tracking tools to n-of-1 research protocols, as well as inspirational examples of self-experimentation.
The Teachers as Researchers program: a citizen science project to address educational challenges
To be effective, educators need to collaborate and build upon each other’s successes and failures. However, collaboratively producing evidence about their practices, aggregating and testing it is challenging because of the complexity of educational challenges, practices and contexts.
Since May 2019 we are developing and implementing the Teachers as Researchers program (TaR-program) in France, a citizen science framework to engage educators in the production of an ever-evolving database of practice-based evidence on how to best address the many challenges of education. Educators - teachers, teacher trainers, school staff, etc.- create communities that regularly meet during workshops to collaboratively define objectives and hypotheses to test, and collect, analyse and synthesize contextualised evidence. During 2020-2021, 168 educators from primary school to university published in an open digital repository evidence on how they addressed 35 educational challenges on thematics such as students’ emotions and distance learning.
During this presentation, we will describe the TaR-program and report some results about its implementation and impact in the 2020-2021 cohort.