The recent ICT revolution has given birth to a parallel world of digital traces.  This change affects a wide number of contexts of collaborative knowledge creation, from casual discussions, political arguments, to scientific elaboration and participative decision-making.

Science has been the first domain to experiment this shift to a stigmergic society.  No need to recall the ongoing and yet already old history of scientific publications databases construction and use. For the first time a whole community of practice including scholars, decision makers and possibly any concerned citizen has been able to get an insight into current scientific research.  Despite the amazing richness of most of these catalogues (whether they are or not free or public), users have been limited to a more or less sophisticated query-based search-engine mediated access to bibliographical notices.  The current challenge is to design and develop innovative tools to access this knowledge in order to enable users with new methods of navigation, interaction and data visualization of this kind of databases.


March 22 2011 Collaborative Data Challenge

Venue : Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris Ile-de-France
57,59 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris

Computing ressources of the ISC-PIF will be made available to participants for this collaborative data challenge. We provide you:

    • a fast internet connection,
    • a guest acces to a local server (48 cpu cores, 512Go RAM),
    • a database server on the local network filled with the challenge’s data to execute queries from your own computers,
    • the raw data to download from the local network.

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome of the participants – Café / croissants

09:30 – 11:00 Collaborative working session

11:00 – 11:20 Coffe break

11:20 – 12:30 Collaborative working session

14:00 – 15:30 Collaborative working session

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00 Collaborative working session

March 23

Venue : Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

08:45 – 09:00 : Welcome to participants Café & croissants

09:00 – 09:15 :
David Chavalarias, Introduction of the workshop

09:15 – 09:20 :
Ales Fiala, head of unit, Future and Emerging technolgies, OPEN scheme, European Commission

Digital Interfaces for scientific databases mapping :  methodology and tools

09:20 – 10:10
Knowledge cartography: representation strategies for the new territories of science,
Marco Quaggiotto, Research Fellow, Communication Design Research Unit, INDACO Dept. Politecnico di Milano, Italy — Complex Networks and Systems Group, ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy.

10:10 – 11:00
Tools for Multivariate, Evolving Scientometric Visualizations,
Angela Zoss, Research Assistant, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, USA.

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 – 12:10
Tinasoft : a free desktop and online software for literature mining and exploration,
David Chavalarias,
chargé de Recherche CNRS, Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée/ISC-PIF, France.

12:10 – 12:30 Open discussion

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

From digital traces to science policy

14:00 – 14:50
Detecting Early Signs of Transformative Research
Chaomei Chen, Associate Professor, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University, USA.

14:50 – 15:40
The use of mapping tools in science policy ‘Opening up’ or ‘Closing down’?
Ismael Rafols, Research Fellow, University of Sussex, SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, UK.

15:40 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:50
The Whole is Always Smaller than the Parts -What Digital Media do to Social Theory
Bruno Latour, Professor, Sciences-Po Paris, France.

16:50 – 17h30 Open discussion

00:00 : Deadline for submitting to the data challenge

March 24

Venue : Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

Reconstruction of science dynamics

09:00 – 09:50 
How does the flow of ideas through science change over time?

Martin Rosvall, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics Umeå University, Sweden.

09:50 – 10:40

Cognitive dynamics in science – Multi-level flows reconstruction & visualization
Jean-Philippe Cointet, INRA-SenS, CorText, Reconstruction of Science Phylogeny, France.

10:40 – 11:00 Coffe break

11:00 – 11:50
Complex Systems Science: Dreams of Universality, Reality of Interdisciplinarity

Pablo Jensen, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique de l’ENS Lyon, France.

11:50 – 12:40
Networks, growth, and other sacred narratives: extending the ontological foundations of science mapping,
André Skupin, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, USA.

12:40 – 13:00 Open Discussion

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Modeling science evolution

14:00 – 14:50
Mapping the proliferation dynamics in new sciences
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Professor of Economics and Management, Pisa University, Italy.

14:50 – 15:40
Reconstructing the evolution of science and technology from their digital traces

Luis Bettencourt,  Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe Institute, USA.

15:40 – 16:00 Discussion

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee break

16h30 @ISC-PIF : 30min synthesis + Round table
« Grasping science evolution – scientific and societal impacts » 
Venue Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris Ile-de-France

March 25

Venue : Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

09:30 – 11:30 Presentation from collaborative data challenge participants

11:30 – 12:00 Deliberations of the jury

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch

ISC-PIF Open House + Places and Spaces exhibition

Venue : Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris Ile-de-France
57,59 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris

14:00 – 14:15 Collaborative data challenge awards

14:15 – 20:00  Open House at ISC-PIF with demo, exhibition, buffet  …

Places & Spaces : Mapping Science is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two components: the physical part supports the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers; the online counterpart provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of how these maps work. The exhibit is a 10-year effort. Each year, 10 new maps are added resulting in 100 maps total in 2014.
website : http://scimaps.org

@ISCPIF meet researchers and discover the secrets of birds flocks, simulate the impact of the green house effect on alga proliferation in Mediterranée, browse a zebrafish embryo in 3D through time with a cellular resolution, learn what are the common point between the RATP and the Camembert, follow opinon dynamics in blogs and other exciting stuff.


This workshop is organized by the FP7 project TINA – FP7-ICT-2009-C – project number 245412. TINA is a project of the TINA Team at the Complex Systems Institute of Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF) and the Center for Research in Applied Epistemology (CREA), CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique.


Organizing Committee

  • Jean-Michel Besnier, Scientific Director of Science and Society sector, Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche.
  • Julian Bilcke, CREA/ISC-PIF, CNRS
  • David Chavalarias, Co-director of the Complex Systems Institute of Paris IdF, CREA/CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique,
  • Jean-Philippe Cointet, INRA SenS, IFRIS, CorText, ISC-PIF
  • Daniel Da Rocha, ISC-PIF,
  • Camille Roth, CAMS, EHESS/CNRS
  • Elias Showk, CREA/ISC-PIF, CNRS


  • Daniel Da Rocha, ISC-PIF,


  • Noemi Abrecia, ISC-PIF