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Conference Models to Bridge Micro and Macro Studies of Science

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We propose using community-centered analyses and agent-based models of scientific gatherings such as conferences, symposia and workshops as a way to understand how scientific practices evolve and transition between local, community, and systems levels in science. We suggest using robotics as a case study of global, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary scientific practice. What is needed is a set of modeling frameworks for simulating both the internal and population dynamics of scientific gatherings. In this paper we make the case for conference models as a mid-level unit of analysis that can advance the ways scientists and citizens design systems for transferring and producing knowledge.

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  • Matthew Francisco & StaÅ¡a Milojevic & Selma Å abanovic, 2011. "Conference Models to Bridge Micro and Macro Studies of Science," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 14(4), pages 1-13.
  • Handle: RePEc:jas:jasssj:2011-65-1
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