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Quality Collectives: Socially Intelligent Systems for Quality

Objective

Using a complexity perspective, QLectives will understand, experiment with, design and build cooperative socially intelligent ICT systems composed of self-organising peers, that will enable and support emergent 'quality collectives' to enhance, for instance, scientific innovation and decentralized media distribution.We shall bring together complex system scientists, social scientists and distributed systems engineers to produce new theories and algorithms. Our method will be that of empirical experimentation using "living labs" involving thousands of people connected over the internet into collectives. The project will generate better theoretical understanding of complex techno-social systems, and how trust and reputation may emerge among a community and used to enhance quality. The work is organised into 4 synergistic streams: 1. Theoretical and algorithmic foundations, 2. Algorithm design, simulation and evaluation, 3. Empirical data-sets collection, processing and validation, 4. Platform and living lab implementation.As a basis we shall extend an already deployed, mature P2P technology platform and make use of two existing user communities: the econophysics forum and tribler.org. Our results will be applied to create two examples of how ICT moulds and becomes part of the systems to which it is applied: QScience - a peer-to-peer application for facilitating scientific innovation by supporting scientific communities, rating activities for quality to identify potential collaborators, hot spots and breakthroughs, and disseminating the right information to the right peers promptly; and QMedia - a peer-to-peer application for transforming media distribution by dynamically identifying shared interest communities and recommending quality contents to them using streaming media technology.We anticipate an impact on all fields in which collective quality-ratings of contents and raters can counter an otherwise unsustainable growth in the digital information age.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

Address

Stag Hill
Gu2 7xh Guildford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 778 611

Administrative Contact

Nigel Gilbert (Prof.)

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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 896 019

UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 796 958

INSTITUT FUR RUNDFUNKTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 406 864

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 286 618

Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem - Hungarian-Netherlands School of Educational Management

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 284 160

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 490 930

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 409 840

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 231200

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 934 554

  • EU contribution

    € 5 350 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom