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Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Spaces

Objective

Social media and the digitization of news and discussion fora are having far-reaching effects on the way individuals and communities communicate, organize, and express themselves. Can the information circulating on these platforms be tapped to better understand and analyze the enormous problems facing our contemporary society? Could this help us to better monitor the growing number of social crises due to cultural differences and diverging world-views? Would this facilitate early detection and perhaps even ways to resolve conflicts before they lead to violence? The Odycceus project answers all these questions affirmatively. It will develop the conceptual foundations, methodologies, and tools to translate this bold vision into reality and demonstrate its power in a large number of cases.

Specifically, the project seeks conceptual breakthroughs in Global Systems Science, including a fine-grained representation of cultural conflicts based on conceptual spaces and sophisticated text analysis, extensions of game theory to handle games with both divergent interests and divergent mindsets, and new models of alignment and polarization dynamics. The project will also develop an open modular platform, called Penelope, that integrates tools for the complete pipeline, from data scraped from social media and digital sources, to visualization of the analyses and models developed by the project. The platform features an infrastructure allowing developers to provide new plug-ins for additional steps in the pipeline, share them with others, and jointly develop the platform as an open source community. Finally, the project will build two innovative participatory tools, the Opinion Observatory and the Opinion Facilitator, which allow citizens to monitor, visualize and influence the dynamics of conflict situations that involve heterogeneous cultural biases and non-transparent entanglements of multilateral interests.

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Net EU contribution
€ 908 625,00
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 805 562,50
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

FONDAZIONE UNIVERSITA CA FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 37 500,00
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 640 356,25
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 312 510,00
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 156 250,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE PARIS CITE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 489 350,00
Address
85 Bd Saint Germain
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
 
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 748 375,00
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 1 384 997,50
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 333 750,00
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00