Finish the papers! Last call



I’m about to submit the paper (reformatting to fit the journal requirements now), but need everyone to fill two forms out (the Author Information Form and the Copyright Permission Form) and email them to the editor at Preferably do this by Monday EOB!

You can find both here:

@alberto @jason_vallet @melancon @markomanka


I also need:

Bioskech of 1-3 sentences w/ email contact for each author and coauthor, following body


Just a heads up: H2020-funded publications are subject to the constraint of publishing in Open Access. SSRC supports green OA. We can (and should) publish the submitted version to Zenodo upon submission. The accepted version can be posted to OA repos only after 12 months of publication (source). Going gold OA costs 3K USD, and I refuse to pay it.

The Copyright Permission Form can be done by the lead author only, so I’m taking care of it. Can please @melancon @jason_vallet and @markomanka:

  1. fill in their own Author information forms
  2. send them to, cc Amelia.
  3. Send Amelia their biosketches.


My biosketch:

Economist and network scientist, expert on online collaboration, collective intelligence, and participatory, networked organization. Worked with governments and inter-governmental organizations in various capacities; now entrepreneuring at Edgeryders, and civic hacking with Wikitalia and Spaghetti Open Data.


@alberto, do you want your PhD candidacy at alicante in your biosketch?


Do you think it’s relevant? (Ok, you obviously do. Thanks for doing the work. You can leave my biosketch as it is).


Biosketches as they stand. please add, delete or edit at will as long as it’s done quickly!


Alberto Cottica is Head of Research at Edgeryders and a PhD Candidate in Quantitative Economics at the University of Alicante. Economist and network scientist, expert on online collaboration, collective intelligence, and participatory, networked organization. Worked with governments and inter-governmental organizations in various capacities; now entrepreneuring at Edgeryders, and civic hacking with Wikitalia and Spaghetti Open Data. Contact:

Amelia Hassoun is an anthropologist at the Oxford Internet Institute. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Yale University, an MSc in Digital Anthropology from University College London, and an MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Oxford. Contact:

Marco Manca is co-founder of the SCImPULSE foundation and a scientific attaché at CERN. SCimPulse is active in R&I projects on big data analytics for healthcare, sustainable and biological agriculture, new financial and banking models, empowerment of differently abled individuals, and smart and adaptive electronics. Contact:

Jason Vallet is PhD candidate at LaBRI, a research laboratory at the University of Bordeaux, whose work focuses on information visualisation, visual analytics, network analytics, and graph rewriting problems. He is attached to the EDMI doctoral school and is part of the research group EVADoMe within the MABioVis team. Contact:

Guy Melancon is a Professor at LaBRI, University of Bordeaux. He holds a PhD in Combinatorial Mathematics from Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. Contact:


It is done. :smiley:


I also already sent in the info.


Alright all, we have been told the paper is out of scope for SSCR.

I vote we target a more explicitly methods focused journal, like this one:

Any other ideas?

@alberto @melancon



Personally my vote is for Field Methods.

Give me the go ahead and I’ll reformat and submit.


Go ahead! And thanks.


Have you come across this paper?


OK, revised and resubmitted to Field Methods. The description fits us much better, in my opinion. And widely read by anthropologists in my experience (used to be called Cultural Anthropology Methods). Fingers crossed.

Field Methods publishes articles about methods used by field investigators from the social and behavioral sciences in the collection, management, analysis and presentation of data about human thought and/or human behavior in the natural world. The data can be qualitative or quantitative, as can the methods for analysis and presentation, but articles should focus on empirical tests of new methods and on new uses for existing methods rather than on the substantive findings of research. Prospective authors should assume that readers of Field Methods are familiar with the general literature on existing methods and that it is necessary only to cite the literature that is germane to the contribution of the article they are writing.

Articles are welcome from the scientific or interpretive traditions, from basic and applied researchers. Articles are welcomed from academics, from private consultants, and from colleagues who work in corporate environments.


My apologies for the prolonged silence the past 2 months… I am catching up now :slight_smile:


Hi @alberto

I am back online.

So… the “divergence” here is defined between two different sources… in the context in which we are writing, assuming the annotator is “constant” if the conversation has a change of pace caused by introducing new ideas, one should be able to measure this as a change of “source” of sort in the space defined by the annotations.

A universal classifier is just a method of discrimination that does not require a priori knowledge to operate.

I need to look at items #2 and #3 to reply about them (I don’t remember them by heart)… give me a few minutes and I will be back with a reply.



Welcome back, @markomanka! And don’t worry: the paper was submitted about two months ago. Actually, @amelia might have some news soon, no, Amelia?


OK @alberto, I presume the two items are those that appear now on page 11 of the overleaf document…

#2 if the annotation space is equivalent to the dictionary generated by a lossy compression, then by appending a conversation “y” to a conversation “x” (and then viceversa) and measuring how much novelty the annotation of the appended conversation produces when starting from the annotation of the preceding conversation, it would be possible to produce “philogenetic trees” of reasonings, where relatedness of topics is objectively measured by the number of bifurcations separating two arbitrary conversations

#3 using a “sliding window” approach on conversations (either by sliding on a very long thread, or by virtually sliding through the conversations appended in a phylogenetic tree, under some additional conditions of chronological relationship preservation) and seeking to correlate the steps in the annotation space with topological changes in the users interaction networks, it would be possible to try to pinpoint the emergence of new ideas and their contributors

The above are educated guesstimates that are presented in the paper as working hypotheses for future research, described as potential opportunities of the proposed interpretation of ethnographic annotation à-la edgeryders :slight_smile:


Sorry for the “bold” above… I thought I written a hashtag before a cypher 3, as I did with the 2 before, but it turned out this way…