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Dear All,

I would like to invite you to take part in the CROSSOVER Project’s “Survey of ICT Needs” aimed at stimulating practitioners (actual and potential), researchers and public officials in the field of policy making to provide input, feedback and validation to the new research roadmap on ICT tools for Governance and Policy Modelling which is being developed by the CROSSOVER Consortium.

Link to the Survey: http://www.crossover-project.eu/UserSurvey.aspx

Link to the Research Roadmap in commentable format: http://www.crossover-project.eu/ResearchRoadmap.aspx

Transatlantic Research on Policy Modeling, 28-29 January 2013, New America Foundation, Washington DC

Author: Francesco Mureddu Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0 Date: 06 Dec 2012

Dear All,

I would like to invite you to take part in the Workshop that we are organising as part of the CROSSOVER Project (Bridging Communities for Next Generation Policy-Making), http://www.crossover-project.eu

The Workshop is organised in collaboration with The Millennium Institute and it will take place at The New America Foundation in Washington DC, on 28-29 January 2013.

For more information about the workshop, key dates (subsmission of abstracts: Dec. 14th) and how to participate please visit: http://www.crossover-project.eu/Workshop.aspx

We would also appreciate if you could please disseminate the information about this workshop among your networks.

I look forward to hopefully seeing you soon in washington DC,
best regards,

Cities, Technologies and Planning

Author: Insite Staff Tags: There is no tags Comments: 2 Date: 06 Dec 2012

June 24th – June 27th, 2013, International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: http://www.iccsa.org/

‘Share’ term has turned into a key issue of many successful initiatives in recent times. Following the advent of Web 2.0, such positive experiences based on mass collaboration generated “Wikinomics” have become “Socialnomics”, where “Citizens are voluntary sensors”.

During the past decades, the main issue in GIS implementation has been the availability of sound spatial information. Nowadays, the wide diffusion of electronic devices providing geo-referenced information have resulted in the production of extensive spatial information datasets.
This trend has led to “GIS wikification”, where mass collaboration plays a key role in main components of spatial information frameworks (hardware, software, data, and people). Some authors (Goodchild, 2007) talk about “Volunteered Geographic Information” (VGI), as the harnessing of tools to create, assemble, and disseminate geographic information provided by individuals voluntarily creating their own contents by marking the locations of occurred events or by labeling certain existing features. not already been shown on map.
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Masters of Networks is a workshop that brings together cutting-edge policy makers and network scientists. We at INSITE have been thinking about it for quite some time, and now it’s coming together: we have a date (January 21-22), a venue (University of Venice), and two great presenters to help people from different disciplines and walks of life understand each other and work together.

Fernando Vega-Redondo will talk about Networks everywhere: what is network science, what we use it for and why you should care. Besides being a leading authority on networks, Fernando has a gift for explaining things in a clear, simple way. He is tasked with introducing networks to people who know nothing about them – and he is the man for the job.
Milica “Millie” Begovic will talk about Making policy in the digital age: a report from the trenches. Millie works for the United Nations Development Programme for Eastern Europe and Central Asia: her team is doing exciting work in harnessing social media and smart crowds to do development policy. She is tasked with introducing the work of making public policies to the scientists and data geeks in the room.
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How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

Author: Insite Staff Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0 Date: 02 Dec 2012
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Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.” 
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Taking advantage of a TEDx Bologna invitation, I finally got around to putting together a tightly scripted 15 minutes presentation in English on the vision underpinning University of Alicante’s INSITE component. This sort of stuff is hard to do even when you are speaking your native language, and here I’m not. Nevertheless, I think the point got across. Here’s the video: you can see our nifty little prototype in action around 12’00.
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Filippo Addarii talk at TEDx Bologna

Author: Insite Staff Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0 Date: 06 Nov 2012
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In the following video Filippo Addarii (Euclid network) talks about his life and explains why Italy isn’t the place for pursuing a successful and rewarding career.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Proudly presenting: Masters of Networks!

Author: Alberto Cottica Tags: , Comments: 16 Date: 25 Oct 2012
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According to INSITE lore, innovation brings about undesirable spillovers like climate change, feral finance and mounting inequalities: and this not by chance, but by structural positive feedback dynamics. Can we somehow imbue innovation activities with values that will prevent or mitigate these effects? Our group at Alicante is exploring an indirect attack to this problem: can we design for emergent effects of social dynamics? If it turns out we can, we might just be able to design the bad spillovers out of innovation activities through the appropriate innovation policies.
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Euclid network annual conference – The presentations

Author: Insite Staff Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0 Date: 09 Oct 2012
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INSITE sponsored a session on ICT and Civic Engagement at Euclid Network Annual Convention in Malmo, September 25, 2012.  Simon van Cleef spoke about gamification and games directed by social values (link), Jamal Shahin on the chimera of e-participation and e-democracy in the EU and what it might take to make them real, and David Lane on ICT-enabled dynamic evaluation of social innovation projects.
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