Emerging Methods and Tools for Sparking New Global Creative Networks [article]

Jeff Horon
2020 Figshare  
From the Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs15):Emerging Methods and Tools for Sparking New Global Creative NetworksJeff HoronAbstract:Emerging methods and tools are changing the ways participants in global creative networks become aware of each other and proceed to interact. These methods and tools are beginning to influence the collaboration opportunities available to network participants.Some web-based resources intended to spark new
more » ... laborations in creative networks have been plagued by dependence on fragmented or out-of-date information, having shallow recall (e.g. by being limited to a list of manually curated keywords), offering poor interconnectivity with other systems, and/or obtaining low end-user adoption.Increased availability of information about creative network participants' activities and outputs (such as completed sponsored research projects and published results, aggregated into global databases), coupled with advancement in information processing techniques like Natural Language Processing (NLP), enables new web-based technologies for discovering subject matter experts, facilities, and networks of current and potential collaborators. Large-scale data resources and NLP allow modern versions of these tools to avoid the problems of having sparse/fragmented data and also provide for deep recall, sometimes within and across many disciplinary vocabularies. These tools are known as "passive" technologies, from the perspective of the creative network participant, because the agent must undertake an action to use the information resources placed at his or her disposal.Emerging "active" methods and tools utilize the same types of information and technologies, but actively intervene in the formation of the creative network by suggesting connections and arranging virtual or physical interactions. Active approaches can achieve very high end-user adoption rates.Both active and passive methods strive to use data-driven appro [...]
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.11750502 fatcat:4yszf2qtrvesvmg6rce47kahfa