A paper by Paul Smart and Nigel Shadbolt on the World Wide Web from an epistemological viewpoint. The authors discuss personalised searches, Social Machines, networks and trust/reliability.
A paper by Markus Luczak-Roesch, Ramine Tinati, Saud Aljaloud, Wendy Hall and Nigel Shadbolt on a design for a socio-technical
computing machine that allows collective problem solving activities to emerge naturally, without the need for initial problem structuring work or task definition.
A paper by Kieron O’Hara, Nigel Shadbolt and Wendy Hall for the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chatham House, examining the tensions between individual rights to privacy and transparency and the rights to free speech.
A chapter on the World Wide Web by Paul Smart and Nigel Shadbolt in the Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology, reviewing existing epistemological (of the study of knowledge) analyses of the Web and suggesting improvements in the application of epistemology to the study of the Web.
SkillsPlanner formally launched: Seme4’s £1.3m collaboration with government and industry to address skills shortages
Seme4’s collaboration between central government, local councils, universities, contractors, suppliers, industry bodies, training providers and Ethos (a network of social entrepreneurs who find innovative and sustainable solutions to complex problems), SkillsPlanner, has been formally launched.
Stage 1 of the project will last 2 years and will focus on the skills gap in the construction industry in London and South-East England and includes large-scale projects such as HS2, the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Crossrail.
Seme4 is providing the software infrastructure for the project, which will allow current and future employment needs to be shared widely. This will enable better planning and delivery of training and skills provision and reduce costs for both government and industry.
£827k of the £1.3m was secured by successfully bidding for funding from Innovate UK‘s Collaborative Research and Development Programme, which provides investment for innovative and collaborative research and development projects that increase the resilience, quality of life or economic performance of urban areas.
Slides from the presentation given by Seme4 founding partner and founder of the Open Data Institute Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt at the launch event can be found here.
A video of SkillsPlanner partners and customers discussing the project can be found here.
A paper by Markus Luczak-Roesch, Ramine Tinati, Kieron O’Hara and Nigel Shadbolt on collaborative problem solving activities on the Web. The authors ask whether the Web can be conceived of as one giant machine. A thesis of information sharing activities is proposed, with the aim of developing a generic model of the computational capability of the Web.
In an interview with “Computer World UK” Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt discusses the good progress made so far on Open Government Data, but argues that there is still a long way to go to realise its full potential.
A paper by Ramine Tinati, Markus Luczak-Rösch, E. Simperl, Wendy Hall and Nigel Shadbolt, describing research into the citizen science game EyeWire. Over 4 million interactions made by 90,000 players were analysed, providing an insight into the features of a successful citizen science platform.
A paper by Ramine Tinati, Markus Luczak-Roesch, Nigel Shadbolt and Wendy Hall, analysing WikiProject, a web-based community with the aim of improving the quality of Wikipedia entries.
A guest post by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt in the Financial Times blog, in which he discusses the benefits of Open data. He argues for a national data infrastructure which would include data held by the private sector as well as government.