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Masters of Networks
January 21, 2013 8:00 am
January 22, 2013 5:00 pm
November 15, 2012
Cà Foscari
Ca Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246 , Venice, VE, Italy

Masters of Networks is a workshop that brings together cutting-edge policy makers and network scientists. We aim to come up with a specification in terms of networks of some public policy problems, and a viable strategy to address them in new ways. Read more about why we dreamed this up.

Worktracks for the workshop sessions

WT1. Is it who you know? We test for evidence of brokerage (rather than proposal quality) in access to EU regional development grants or other sources of public funding. Read more. Question masters: Tito Bianchi, Millie Begovic, Stefano Bertolo. Network scientists: Bruno Pinaud, Marie-Luce Viaud. Data Analyst: Michele Pezzoni. Programmer: Benjamin Renoust.

WT2. Designing scaling into online collaboration. We look for signs that management decisions in a recent public consultation have led to scalability, in the form of the emergence of specialized subcommunities. We’ve got data here! Read more. Question masters: Alberto Cottica and Marco Bani. Network scientists: Fernando Vega-Redondo, Guy Melançon. Data Analyst: Raffaele Miniaci. Programmer: Dario Bottazzi.

WT3. Tracking a democratic conversation across different online media. If we accept a description of Social Media as being a ‘Networked Public’ then understanding the networks that make up the informal civic conversation around either a topic or a geography is vital to ensure this more open contribution. Read more. Question masters: Catherine Howe and Ade Adewunmi. Network scientists: Matteo Fortini, Gaia Marcus

WT4. Managing diversity in social networks or Organizational adaptation to the threat of exit of key members. Question master: Sergio Currarini. Network scientists: Michele Pezzoni, Marco Bani.

Take part

The event is fully booked and registrations are closed. Sorry! We are issuing invitations (and here you can see who is coming), but there is always a place for new, interesting people: so join us if you care about these issues. We are looking specifically for elected officials or civil servants with a public policy problem on their hands; and network scientists who want to get their hands dirty with real world problems. But whoever you are, if you think you should be in this, we would like to hear from you. If there is a public policy you care about, please suggest it: we will plan the sessions around suggestions from participants. You can do all this through the registration form. MoN is free, but the number of participants is capped and registration is compulsory.

Please note: policy makers and network scientist don’t speak the same language. For collaboration to work, each side must be prepared to go the extra mile to explain itself. We request from all participants a willingness to meet in a new territory, as yet uncolonized; and promise, in return, to do our very best to make everyone’s experience welcoming, with no presumption of any one type of knowledge to be somehow superior to any other.

Agenda 21 January:

The Monday morning session is meant to integrate policy makers, network scientists and folks from other backgrounds into a war machine for cracking public policy problems open. Presentations, delivered by great presenters. Use this opportunity to get on the same page as everybody else!

9.30 Welcome (Paolo Gurisatti, INSITE coordinator)

10.00  MoN: a user’s manual (Alberto Cottica, University of Alicante)

10.30  Making policy on the digital age: a report from the trenches (Milica Begovic, UNDP-CIS)
11.30 Coffee break

12.00  Networks everywhere: what is network science, what we use it for and why you should care (Fernando Vega-Redondo, European University Institute)

13.00 Lunch break

14.30 – 17.30  Workshop session: WT2 and WT4

Evening: Dinner in Venice!

Agenda 22 January:

10.00 – 13.00  Workshop session. WT1 and WT3

13.00 Lunch break

14.30 – 17.30  Presentations from each session and discussion: what have learned?