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About the wiki project(s) and Research topics

This is a general complexity systems science community portal. One purpose is to help organize research collaborations, proposals, and current projects worldwide and within/among UC or other campuses.

Some of us at UC began by trying to build What’s in it for/from students? wiki pages to go with our Complexity videoconference at: We have had some excellent speakers along the way but often the 'how' of the approach does not transfer so easily. (see the old before it is erased in case there is anything useful there we missed). Elements of the Paris Complexity summer school (2007) will also be posted here.

Also to be added : What’s in it from/for faculty?

What’s in it from/for Business?

These were some notes left over when those projects were defined: Four of us meeting at UCSD (Algaze, White, Braswell, Goldstein) with eight anthro grad students decided to arrange two seminars, one by UCSD faculty and one by UCI faculty (White) concerned with how to collect and organize data, how to analyze data once collected, how to share resources on-line that match advanced computational techniques with large (or small) databases, and how to take turnkey demonstration software by computer scientists and couple them with research projects. Discussed were topic text analysis (Padraigh Smyth, UCI Computer Science), GIS (Michael Barton, ASU archaeology, the GUI editor for GRASS), trade and road data, population data, Galois lattice analysis, network analysis, and several other topics.

Here are some videoconferend Speaker suggestions and responses.


  • [artifacts.html artifacts]
  • [texts.html texts]
  • [places.html places]
  • [paths.html paths]
  • [virtual.html virtual reality]

Research Topics

Research topics of faculty and graduate students have been listed, first, in terms of research presentations given in our videoconference series at, most of which are available in streaming video and pdf. Second, the German site lists publications with pdfs and abstracts by name search and co-authorship links.

New educational tools for research topics include swikis. combining focused search with a group-based site (e.g.,, or squeak+wili (, personalized wikiwikis (, and many other variants. Someone should investigate and build us a page for these. See also

Complexity Concepts

Comparative research

Emergence of Social Organization



Surreptitious wiki edits

Participatory networks

Network economics

Demographic and social analysis

New proofs and results

Collective properties of biological systems

Tools and Methods


Machine Readable Network Data Sets

Google's "social graph" public data What's there?

data handling / recording software

GapMinder world data and presentations

Data from web crawlers

Legislative agendas - Comparative studies

USGS US Geological Survey


Complexity Sciences

Powerset: search all wikipedias

What is complexity? Development of roadmaps for research on complex systems

Complexity reading list The Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems Reading Group

Map of the complexity sciences in the period 2002-2005 Site hosted by David Chavalarias, CSS Roadmap Committee

Top InterSciWiki pages

Quantitative Sociology and Complexity Portal

Econophysics Forum

Co-Sy-pedia ECSS Complex Systems Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

Encyclopedia of Dynamical Systems, hosted by Scholarpedia. Eugene M. Izhikevich, Editor-in-Chief of Scholarpedia, the free peer reviewed encyclopedia

Among participants of this encyclopedia are D. Anosov (Anosov Diffeomorphism), L. Bunimovich (Dynamical Billiards), N. Fenichel (Normal Hyperbolicity), R. FitzHugh (FitzHugh-Nagumo Model), J. Guckenheimer (5 articles on codim-2 local bifurcations), H. Haken (Self-Organization and Synergetics), M. Hirsch (Monotone Dynamics), P. Holmes (History of Dynamical Systems, Stability, with Shea-Brown), K. Ito (Ito Calculus), A. Katok (Ergodic Theory and Invariant Measure), Y. Kuramoto (Kuramoto Model), Yu.A. Kuznetsov (7 articles on local bifurcations), E.N. Lorenz (Butterfly Effect), B. Mandelbrot (Fractals and Mandelbrot Set), J. Milnor (Attractor), D. Ornstein (Ornstein Theorem), E. Ott (Attractor Dimension, Crises, Controlling Chaos, Basin of Attraction), M.M. Peixoto (Structural Stability), O. Rossler (Rossler Attractor), A.N. Sharkovsky (Sharkovsky Ordering), A. Shilnikov (Shilnikov Bifurcation), Y. Sinai (SRB Measure and Kolmogorov-Sinai Entropy), S. Smale (Smale Horseshoe), J. Yorke (Chaos, with T. Sauer), and many others.


World Science news

Social Science

SASci Wikid is the open wiki of the Society for Anthropological Sciences (SASCi) and the American Anthropological Association's Section for Anthropological Sciences (SAS)

Quantitative Sociology Portal - Software&manuals, Journals, homepages, research organizations, topics, search platforms

Econophysics Forum

arXiv and xxx

Physics, Math, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology and Stats SEARCH

Networks and complexity


Complexity Journals



Chaos: Nonlinear science

On-line Anthro journals

Special interest groups and conferences

GIS User Conference

Google: SIGGRAPH - Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques

What you can do

For now, get your real-name login and password, create your two websites, and insert [[Category:InterSci Authors]] and [[Category:Your Topic]] markers at the bottom of your pages to define topics and link your pages to them. Authors and topics work to cross-stitch the larger research community. Rewrite your bios as you go along in terms of the questions, topics, search for methods. If you want to add italics, use for example ''Finding and using tools'', as below, if you want bold and to jump to or make a new page use for example '''[[Goals for tools]]'''.

Now, for Finding and using tools: click Goals for tools

Where to find things

Coming soon (lots of things on the site now, and need participants to help in the editing and reorganization, also posting of new materials. These were notes from graduate student and faculty discussions at UCSD in June'07):

  • How to extract useful methods, types of data, approaches from the videoconference presentations
  • Getting the principles of complexity modeling
  • Feedback about ways to do research on different topics
  • server for open discussions about methods, data issues
  • Submitting proposals for critique
  • Counterarguments (and postings) directed to speakers and discussants on the wiki
  • Where to go for literature
To open a DOI site: and paste the DOI: 10.1016/j.csda.2004.03.009
  • Arranging on-line discussion using "meeting ware" from distributed PCs (NetMeeting from Open University)
  • Accessing resources from the Open University and other Complexity studies sites
  • Creating and editing your individual wiki site (here) on your topics of interest
  • Posting questions
  • Wiki discussions, followups, new postings on subjects of talks given or coming

Canterbury Portals:

(Mike Fischer 6-6-7): is where the AnthroGrid workshop was conducted. Anyone can register. A full draft of the planning meeting is in pdf at The site is soon to be an alternative front end to AnthroMethods that preserves its advantages at managing information while providing a friendlier face for some aspects. Am also converting to a semantic wiki over the next couple of months. is presently only the web/grid services front end and does not presently support direct login. gives a pretty good idea of what we did from the links on the main workshop page. is where the (or at least my) maps site will be developed. Anyone can register.
The AnthroGrid is currently being designed for supercomputer level datafiles, data processing, text materials, methods
  • links needed to Canterbury site for downloadable analytic, simulation software

Book Summaries, Book and Article listings

Networks references

On-line books and sundry

C. R. Shalizi Notebooks

Book Summaries

Complexity book lists

Complexity articles

TOC Chapter titles The World System and the Earth System: Global Socio-Environmental Change and Sustainability 3000 BC – AD 2000

fusion-fusion network movement modeling

Article search portals

Improving writing skills

Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace


Using barcodes

Taking notes

Livescribe pen to text, dictation to text Speech to text dictation to text

School to job

Internship housing


MIT open courseware

MIT open courseware index

OCW details and people

Academic CVs

Academic CVs

Researcher Publications

List of authors with publication pages

We prefer to link to pdf publications on your site(s), but if you have no place to post your pdfs, send them as an attachment to our editor -Doug- with the appropriate text for the link and name of the page to link from.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks and Open Textbooks Campaign

Self Publishing


Desktop and content management

Future of the web article by Nova Spivak

Graphing semantic web

Content management platforms

Evaluating journals

Eigenfactor journal ratings

Outreach and Web 3.0

Outreach to schools

Web 3.0 research and education

Public commentaries

eMeeting over the web

e-Learning in Mumbai

Academic programs

UCLA Human Complex Systems Program [1] UCI Complexity programs

John Bragin is a Lecturer and Graduate Coordinator for the Human Complex Systems Program interdepartmental research and education unit of the UCLA College of Letters of Sciences.

UC Davis Science of Complex Systems Seminar Series

University of Michigan CSCS Program

NECSI Complex Systems Wiki New England Complexity Systems Institute

Center for Complexity Studies George Mason University]

Complex Systems Institutions

Interdisciplinary Studies Portal(wiki): and Academic program proposals

Wikiversity Schools


"Self-organization in Science and Society" class at RPI

Center for Complexity Science, Imperial College, London


University of Warwick “Complexity Complex” (NONACADEMIC-PROGRAM SITES]

Complexity and Earth science

Complexity and the Earth System

Complexity Science and Transformations in Social Policy

Jobs and Postdoctoral fellowships

It would be helpful if those in different disciplines could list the top schools for strength in scientific or complexity-related research, e.g. Anthropology departments

Complexity summer schools

2009 Global Sustainability Summer School - Santa Fe Institute - Global Sustainability

Lyon/Paris PIF- Complexity Summer School 2008

NECSI 2008 summer school

The U of Kentucky LINKS Center is offering a workshop on social network analysis in June 2008 (Steve Borgatti's center). Workshop has both beginners' and advanced tracks. For more information:


SFI Complex Systems Summer School 2006

  1. SFI Complex Systems Summer School 2006

Paris PIF- Complexity Summer School 2007

Les Houches Complexity Summer School 2006 2007

Course and Seminar Syllabi on this Site

Human Social Complexity and World Cultures Fall, 2007, UC Irvine, School of Social Sciences

Anthropological Methods and Models 2008

Emerging Ideas in Human Complex Systems - John Bragin HUM CS 1Q LEC 1 - public and private pdfs

Post to our eJournals and eRepository

eJournal Structure and Dynamics

eRepository UCI Paper Series for Social Dynamics and Complexity

eRepository UCLA Paper Series for the Human Complex Systems

The University of California eScholarship system will provide these documents on the web in perpetuity, and the eJournal is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals [2] Links to Complexity Journals & Resource Sites. Other:

Citation Management

Citation Managers

Web counter

Collaboration / Web resources

keeping addresses

Twine - smart network to organize and share information


Dissipative structures What's wrong with Varela, Prigogine, Maturana, autopoiesis ("autopoesis"), etc.

2003 The Analysis of Culture Revisited: Pure Texts, Applied Texts, Literary Historicisms, Cultural Histories

Software reviews


2010 International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining - ASONAM agenda

Rise of Network Intelligence conference Washington DC 22 Sept 2008

Geometric/Graphical Models and Imaging



What's a wiki (ours) all about?

Doug White wrote to Duran, who runs the UCI website for Social Dynamics and Complexity, which hosts this wiki: > > could you make a link from the home pages to our ? it is ready for people to get involved ! > > -- Doug

Could you draft a little text that would let people know why they should use it?


From drwhite_@_uci_._edu Tue Jul 3 18:08:23 2007 Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 18:08:06 -0700 (PDT) To: Duran Bell <> Subject: Re: how about a link

"Wikipedians, most of them born in the information age, have tasked themselves with weeding ... subjectivity not just out of one another's discourse but also out of their own." [3] [4] (NYC Magazine July 1 2007 article on how Wikipedia managed to evolve not only an encyclopedia with NPOV but major news coverage with NPOV and faster than the news)]. NPOV is neutral-point-of-view. A Wiki is a collaboratively-edited website, anyone can contribute and share: Edit any page by pressing Edit at the top of the page. With community participation, editing one another's entries, what can emerge is NPOV on a discipline, its methods, its successes, its open problems. MediaWikis like ours, InterSciWiki, are now common that are run by scientific communities, like ours, a complexity science wiki at Its goal is to share information on how to do better interdisciplinary science, to contribute to a worldwide collaborative research community, and to serve the education mission of interdisciplinary and complexity approaches to the sciences, and to the human sciences in particular.

The Complexity Research Community wiki at InterSciWiki was instituted as an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students who organized a biweekly videoconference on Human Sciences and Complexity aka Human Complex Systems, featuring speakers -- faculty and students -- from the University of California campuses and from complexity institutes and program such as Santa Fe, Michigan, and elsewhere. Soon we learned how to retain our speakers' talks and the discussion as streaming videos which we posted on our web site. Seminars consisting of students and faculty at the respective faculties popped up, and undergraduates were invited to join them. UCLA, with its minor in Human Complex Systems, instituted an undergraduate class for participants. At the end of a second successful year we discovered that students wanted more about what was behind these talks: what are the range of methods used in these studies, how might some of the specific approaches be mobilized in approaching a thesis topic, in collecting data that is suitable for analysis, in designing and doing simulations. How do these approaches fit together in ways that allow borrowing across disciplines? We saw faculty knitting together issues about causal inference and artifical intelligence that promised to bring more integration and coherence to AI in computer science and to causal modeling in economics and econometrics. We saw graduate students integrating GIS, Google Earth mapping and data spreadsheets, network and political analysis of the operations of governance merged with those of leadership and governance in clans, the mixing of ethnography/anthropology with political science and networks. The list goes on an on.

Discussion of the possibility of the wiki project began at UCSD with a meeting of 5 faculty and 9 graduate students in May, 2007. Three weeks later the wiki was launched. Two weeks later it began to have a structure, to mobilize its mission, and to grow a nucleus, at that time of a dozen user/contributors. Instead of funky and anonymous login names, each user contributions under their professional name, each writes their own pages and has them rewritten by others. We have begun to discuss how to get the full value out of our speaker series, who to invite, where to draw from, to explicate methods, even to teach large chunks of courses or seminars off the site, where text, static and dynamic visuals, formulae,

... to be continued in ... the wiki proper (thats here)

Related Wikis

Santa Fe Inst workshopd

Complexity Olaf Sporns (2007), Scholarpedia, 2(10):1623.

Brain connectivity Olaf Sporns (2007), Scholarpedia, 2(10):4695.

Complex_systems Gregoire Nicolis and Catherine Rouvas-Nicolis (2007), Scholarpedia, 2(11):1473. DCS: Distributed Complex Systems CalIt2 Vizualization Lab UCSD

Wikitecture's_Highest-Resolution_Display_Wall Citizendium and publications of its editor-in-Chief (Larry Sanger bio in edge) Wikimedia Commons: a database of 1,566,991 freely reusable media files to which anyone can contribute

Ways to learn and think about successful wikis

Use of Audio Podcasting

More on insider Wikipedia sites discussed in NYT article

But then there is where Wikipedians write NPOV news pages

These lead to considering what makes the less than 1% of Wikipedia articles that are considered, "good", "featured", "finished" -- and it involves panels of editors as judges. We can shoot for this, but by our own criteria - we are not an encyclopedia, so these should be sites we learn from

Here's another, which suggests ways to frame our streaming videos as post-productions, and basic questions like WHAT IS A PORTAL ANYWAY? --Doug 19:51, 3 July 2007 (PDT)

And another:

They are much more widely used for the sociences in the European wiki orgs.

What's the philosophy of the InterSci wiki?

Add your pages, edit freely, correct mistakes. Add what you think is missing. Reorganize. Leave some notes for how to do things.

Aphoristic page

License of this wiki

It would be good to use a Creative Commons license or the GFDL for this wiki. I'd be more eager to help you out if you choose a free license :) Guaka 09:42, 5 October 2007 (PDT).

As noted under Main_Page#QuickStart the materials on the wiki were GFDL licensed from the start for redistribution with citation --- Doug White 16:12, 6 October 2007 (PDT), and thanks for noting the customary wiki licensing one again on this page.

Many members of this wiki community will undoubtedly be supportive of the Free Software Foundation, the organization responsible for a substantial part of the utility of GNU/Linux system, whose Chief Gnu is Richard Stallman, also the intellectual father of the GNU General Public License used by this and many other Mediawiki sites. The GNU license (often spelled licence) is one of the most powerful manifestos of the software age.

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