Research network strategic mapping 2018

With others, @alberto and I have been preparing for the evolution of Edgeryders Research Network.

I have prepared a preliminary roadmap to frame our strategies and leverage opportunities, and simply to get it all done.

This is an emergent document - the network is of course welcome to contribute comments and ideas.

Social Semantic Network Analysis


2018 proposals

We are a part of seven proposals across five work programmes this round, including:

  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
  • Connecting economic and environmental gains - the Circular Econonmy
  • Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Science with and for Society and
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  1. RUR-02-2018: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas - RIA
    With Human Ecosystems Relazione
    SUBMITTED first stage to two stage process
    Edgeryders’ work package contribution at €450,000.00

  2. RUR-03-2018: Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods - RIA
    With Human Ecosystems Relazione
    SUBMITTED first stage to two stage process
    Edgeryders’ contribution at €480,000.00

  3. RUR-04-2018-2019: Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food- RIA
    With Human Ecosystems Relazione
    SUBMITTED first stage to two stage process
    Edgeryders’ contribution at €400,000.00

  4. CE-SC5-03-2018: Demonstrating systemic urban development for circular and regenerative cities- IA
    With Fondazione Brodolini
    Edgeryders’ contribution at €350,000.00

  5. GOVERNANCE-03-2018: Addressing populism and boosting civic and democratic engagement - RIA
    With UCL
    Edgeryders contribution at €605,000.00

  6. TRANSFORMATIONS-06-2018: Inclusive and sustainable growth through cultural and creative industries and the arts
    With Artshare
    Edgeryders contribution at €500,000.00

  7. SwafS-15 - RIA/ CSA - Exploring and supporting citizen science - RIA
    Conceptual lead with The Lisbon Council as Coordinator
    Edgeryders contribution at €525,000.00

  8. CT-24-2018-2019: Next Generation Internet - An Open Internet Initiative - Technology Strategy & Policy CSA
    With NESTA
    DUE 17 April - drafting application
    Edgeryders contribution at approx. €600,000.00

Worth considering for 2019

Would likely be an expanded model - eg. SSNA with community management

  1. H2020-RUR-2018-2020: Rural Renaissance

    • Numerous topics to gauge - eg. DT-RUR-12-2018: ICT Innovation for agriculture – Digital Innovation Hubs for Agriculture
    • Suggest 2019 - application due to Feb closing date
  2. DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-02-2018-2019-2020: Transformative impact of disruptive technologies in public services

    • R&I 3-4m/ 7m total
    • 2018 and 2019 deadlines

Community management/OpenVillage

Open Ethnographer

SME instruments

  • Included in EIC pilot
  • See: SME guide for applicants (saved)
  • Phase 1 funding closes
  • 03 May 2018
  • 05 September 2018

Lobbying / “advisors”


Gauge H2020→ programming Jan 2018

The Good Lobby

  • Recode partnership
  • Training
  • Prototype - OpenInsulin

European Innovation Council

  • Intelligence gathering / Contact/ meetings
  • Gauge H2020→ programming

European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

  • Jim Dratwa gauge potential

ER network tools and methodologies


  • H2020/ DGCNCT
  • European Innovation Council
  • European Social Fund?
  • Regional initiatives - eg. Ghent
  • Gauge further…


  • Thomas - OpenScience hardware
  • Spaghetti open data
  • Rachel - biohacking
  • Crosscheck platform for potential project leaders - eg. Shajara
  • Communa*
  • Yannick
  • Media

Client tools and methodologies


  • Potential to incorporate SSNA as an add-on to their open-source system design licensing
  • MENA youth : their potential social impact foundation and learning program

Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

  • Labour market, innovation and gender: UNDEF


  • MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) and social entrepreneur / youth leadership
  • Whitelabeling

TED / tenders

To gauge…

Events and conferences

Connected Smart Cities Conference 2018
Participant, Anique, 11 Jan 2018 Brussels
Ambition: connect with TRANSFORMATIONS project managers/ coordinators and potential consortia

Imagine the Urban Future (JPI Urban Europe)
Participant, Anique, 23 Jan 2018 Brussels
JPI Urban Europe with The EUROCITIES knowledge society forum (KSF) and the Green Digital Charter (GDC)
Ambition: connect with TRANSFORMATIONS project managers/ coordinators and potential consortia

Participant and 1min presentation, Anique 31 Jan 2018 Lyon
Ambition: better understand NGI future directions and present ER as partner material

CAPSSI Connected Technologies for Social Good conference
Participant, Anique, 14-15 Feb 2018 Brussels
Ambition: connect with NGI/ Digital Single Market project managers/ coordinators and potential consortia

Salzberg Global Seminar
Presenter, Alberto, Feb 2018 Salzberg

Open Belgium Conference
Presenter Winnie, participant Anique, 13 March 2018 Louvain

International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases Festival
Presenter, Anique, 27 March 2018 London

Africa OpenScience Hardware
Presenter and partner, Nadia and Anique, 13-15 April 2018 Khumasi

Digital Social Innovation Fair
Presenter and participant, Nadia and Anique, 6-7 June 2018 Rome

ER events

Bi-monthly learning sessions with guest speakers and meet&greets

Timeline and priority milestones

JAN 2018

Scoping/ direct contact / lobby for work packages to existing consortia

  • Build consortia for populism and innovation in cities
  • Submit to partner search
  • Review all relevant materials / applications on H2020
  • Gauge 2020→ programme lobbying
  • Connect via events

FEB 2018

  • Connect via events
  • Build and finalise consortia
  • Finalise ICT consortia

MAR 2018

  • Finalise GOVERNANCE and TRANSFORMATIONS applications
  • Gauge 2020→ programme lobbying
  • ICT and FET applications
  • SME preparation
  • Learning session/ meet&greet TBD

APR 2018

  • ICT and FET applications
  • DUE: 17/18 April: ICT and FET topics
  • SME application
  • Review 2020→ programme lobbying

MAY 2018

  • DUE 3 May: SME Instrument Phase 1 application
  • European Innovation Council TBD
  • European Group on Ethics in Science and Innovation TBD
  • Review focus priorities
  • Learning session/ meet&greet TBD

JUNE 2018

  • (review)

Hi @anique.yael a great list of things to think about and do! Not sure where (if anywhere) I can contribute directly, but what I am most interested in is the overview; the ontology of research areas and topics, and how they relate to each other; and, maybe, some way of making it easier for individuals interested in Edgeryders to place themselves on the research map, if that is where they want to be.

Any interest?

Of course interested in talking more @asimong

Right now we’re very focused on the H2020 funding with multiple deadlines coming up between now and May.

But more than happy to skype with you mid-February if that suits you?

Super. Would you like to contact me off-list to say when in mid-February would suit you? – thanks

There have been developments with our collaboration on several Horizon 2020 calls, where our strategy has been to spread across several work programmes including:

  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
  • Science With and For Society

The nature of the work means updates and details can’t be discussed publicly at this stage however I share here a snapshot of the current landscape of the 6 x H2020 applications we’re collaborating on. There are at least five other applications that we are in dialogue around but are to be determined due to partner mix and team capacities.

13 Feb 2018 (nb. 2nd stage - 11 September)

  • RUR-02-2018: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas

  • RUR-03-2018: Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods

  • RUR-04-2018-2019: Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food

13 Mar 2018

  • GOVERNANCE-03-2018: Addressing populism and boosting civic and democratic engagement

10 April 2018

  • SwafS-15 - RIA/ CSA - Exploring and supporting citizen science

17 Apr 2018

  • ICT-24-2018-2019: Next Generation Internet - An Open Internet Initiative - iv) Technology Strategy & Policy

While there the base of our general work package is to convene a large-scale online conversation and extract collective intelligence from it, the mix differs for each project.

@noemi @johncoate I’m proposing to include community management training for early stage researchers into the populism call WP. Do you have information or a post I can reference?

Can you give me a little more detail as to what you are looking for?

Sure @johncoate. Perhaps:

  • a summary of the form and content of the training
  • time and human resources needed
  • costs (scalable)


I wonder if some of the work Noemi and I are about to do with RECODE could be repurposed for this. Because that is going to be a real training course, as opposed to the much more general workshops we did in the past. But if you need something sooner, maybe the two-session webinar we did with CIN would suffice…

Yes that was my thoughts exactly with repurposing. I need a snapshot of what it would look like to go into a work package. Can whip it up myself but where can I get the info - even for the webinar?

I’m looking for them. Here is Noemi’s Medanine presentation which is about the same as her CIN version. I have to upload mine to the drive.

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And this is mine, still in power point, uploaded to the drive.

Hopefully there will be enough in these for you.

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Great thanks :sunny:

Ping @filip


First of all congrats again to the ER Research Network team @anique.yael @alberto for the comprehensive mapping! Have been included in the very first discussions of this and it looks like it is going exactly in the right direction :wink:

I actually just wanted to post somewhere in this workspace this article: one of the most powerful science policy jobs in Brussels changes hands

I personally haven’t been following the EP/EC activities in the last months but it looks like the final decision is already in June. Apparently an Estonian is to become deputy director-general for research :point_left:

On another note: it would be great if you could consider / add tools & methodologies related to Antiheroes & the Fail / UnFail theme of LOTE5. We teamed up few years ago as well on a proposal to the European Cultural Foundation (R&D grant following an Idea Camp).The proposal was called Overcoming the Octopus Syndrome, I would be more than interested in further developing in case there is fit in any of the next proposals. Also, I just started a PhD in error management and organisational change and very keen to see all of this from the ER perspective.
Last but not least, very much up to get involved in a Slow Science project. In ULB there is a little movement going on (see this and this) & would love to see more research projects embedding it.

Let me know if there are any (community) calls I could chip in in the next weeks, would love to follow more closely! :rowboat::rowboat::rowboat:


This is exactly was I was hoping for. After all, this is supposed to be a research network. We need more people with research agendas and curiosity, like you, Irene, scanning for opportunities. And we need to figure out how to best use our resources to help them along the path from idea to identifying an opportunity to application and execution. I would like a sort of small wiki, a more explicit way for people to get involved.

Why don’t we meet up, maybe over breakfast/lunch, with @anique.yael?

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@ireinga have just written to you separately about a breakfast meeting Monday or Tuesday :cherries:

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Also, this strategic mapping has been a bit out of date with the momentum of how things have been progressing. The H2020 application section has just been updated so check the original wiki post for where we’re at now. Expect a bigger update following the breakfast meeting coming up next week.

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Research network big picture thinking brunch confirmed for Tuesday 13 March 10h - 12h CET @alberto @amelia @ireinga and anyone else that would like to call in.

(this image is simply a sketch of some things that have made themselves visible and is offered merely as a starting trace of intersecting parts for the research network’s healthy scaling and strategies)

State of Play

The Edgeryders Research Network is in the process of scaling its activities and assets :mushroom:. This has most recently focussed on proposing a work package model - of community outreach, stakeholder dialogue and social semantic network analysis - into eight Horizon2020 proposals across five work programmes in the latest round (as above). We anticipate receiving results by early July, with project start dates ranging from October 2018 to early 2019. Should we win even two of these proposals, it will be necessary to address significant operational scaling - such as training through the Academy, community partnerships, project management and technical development. Whether it happens in this round or a subsequent one, preparing for this is a priority.

At the same time, the activities of the research network respond to the interests and drive of its members. At present, numerous interests and prospects have been raised - from applying commons-based and self-organising philosophies in collective research spaces; to project ideas such as a summer school and the recent Econ Scifi event; and important alignment with other Edgeryders’ initiatives like SenseStack.

There’s plenty to consider and for now I’m going to cover a few aspects that are rising to the surface now. These have come through direct conversation from interested people (in particular @alberto) , as well as through a research network brunch in March with @alberto @nadia @amelia @ireinga and @hugi They are framed by me here however this is offered as an (evolving) starting point - this is an open and collective process and I invite you to jump to and tag yourself where you’re most interested, and share ideas and feedback in the forms that suit you.

  • Philosophies of scaling
  • Interests and needs in scaling
  • Processes and operations to scale
  • Human resources and shared assets
  • Summer projects and next steps

Philosophies of scaling

Some members, are interested in how we co-create a healthy and open research community beyond silos of specific projects. My own research for example, explores processes and practices in collective thinking-making-living for resilient and autonomous livelihoods. Earlier in the year, @asimong and I had a conversation to begin exploring how the Edgeryders research network might scale - the conversation suspended itself in the wave of H2020 proposals and I’d like to open it up again here and now. It’s crux is how we conduct research as a commons. This compliments existing Edgeryders approaches around open knowledge and data, and of course mobilising across our collective intelligence through knowledge sharing and ethnography.

For me, the question has been evolving with the momentum of the Reef ecosystem and SenseStack’s vision. I’m thinking deeply about the composition and intersection of our social, economic and knowledge flows. I’m thinking about the value of these flows and their capacity to self-sustain (across individual to local community to ecosystem). I’m thinking about data and skill-sharing, inclusion and access. I’m thinking about wellbeing and belonging in a network. I’m thinking about curiosity and the paradigm shift. I’m thinking about alliance. And I’m curious as to what you’re thinking about in relation, and how our shared interests and needs can support our scaling.

Here are some questions @asimong and I began asking:

  • How do we craft a form of research whose output is knowledge that’s actually available in a useful way to commons-oriented citizens?
  • How do we tie this back to the needs of the emerging new society?
  • How do we do this in the context of EU research “industry” and the “academic precariat?
  • How might our collective research experiment with and apply self-organising and autonomous philosophies?
  • How can digital and open technologies support the human living systems we really want and through different modes and mediums of expression?
  • Ultimately, how do we support a growing living research community? ”…one that sustains itself not only intellectually but socially, culturally, emotionally… where people care, where people matter… where the research agenda is not set by international capital…”

Interests and needs in scaling

Various interests have been voiced around the research network, others are emergent and more are invited. Those noted include:

  • How different projects can be built on and benefit from each other: interdependence and collaboration
  • Practice-based and P2P research: citizen-led research, applied research, knowledge and skill-sharing and research towards societal transformation
  • Development of ethnographic coding ontologies: evolving open ethnography and multilingual, multimedia ethnographic research across communities
  • Scaling the network: collaborative social entrepreneurship, research, mobilsing grassroots impact and collective wellbeing

Processes and operations to scale

Acknowledging the emergent and self-organising approaches cherished and practiced across Edgeryders, a key focus area is how to scale the research network’s activities with simple, effective and welcoming processes. I, in particular, am interestedin being prepared for a collaborative agility in coordinating multiple and interconnected research projects, especially those with higher stakes such as any incoming H2020 projects. Some points of attention and interest raised:

  • Project planning: open-source, accessible and agile planning/ reporting tools
  • Access: navitable and inclusive pathways for onboarding Edgeryders into the research network’s activities. Aka “plug-in here” where there are clear entry points and a social contract for involvement - ping @ireinga - and knowledge-sharing events - ping @yannick @noemi.
  • Documentation: Opportunities for creative collaborations around sharing learnings and developing scalable models through in-situ project participation - ping @natalia_skoczylas @gregoiremarty
  • Communications: internal/external communications channels and ease of information access - ping @matthias @owen and @zmorda

Human resources and shared assets

In order to scale we need to consider management of our capacities and assets. This is clearly a huge territory and the following are a few initial thoughts that have arisen from the network.

  • Onboarding and sustainability: what models and processes can ensure trustful and welcoming onboarding into the research network’s team and how can they be valued and cared for.
  • Activities to sustain the network and available assets: how do we strategise and draw in smarts, collaborators, partners and funds in line with our shared principles
  • Shared assets: how do we approach these shared assets - spanning project funds to collective ideas and the wellbeing of the ecosystem as a whole

Projects and next steps


  • Now is the time to step up and show your interest in the research network’s scaling. This is a collective and open effort and collaboration is key.

  • I am meeting with the SenseStack team @nadia @hugi and @matteo_uguzzoni this week to discuss alignment and pathways

  • @alberto @yannick @ireinga @mariekebelle and I are meeting to explore potentially develop and hosting an Econ sci-fi event - as per @alberto’s post here, this project is being explored as a first higher profile knowledge sharing event

  • We are a subcontractor to a tender with EuroParl that is being submitted this week and I will continue to explore strategic opportunities with the European research environment as per the above posts.


  • Review acquisition strategy and prepare to scale production pending results of H2020 round
  • Edgeryders team retreat where overarching longer term strategies and teams will be explored
  • Architecting and establishing “plug-in here” process (Collaborator and partner funnel with 3 steps + explicit social contract)
  • Documentation (Repository of projects, proposals and previous applications)
  • Host 1-2 community calls
  • Host 1 reading group (in preparation for Econ sci-fi if go ahead)
  • Host 1 meet&greet (integrate into Econ sci-fi if go ahead)


  • Test and implement effective and open project planning tools in preparation for multiple H2020 projects within the next 12 months

  • Econ Sci-fi if goes ahead

  • Operational scaling and acquisition campaigning pending Spring/ Summer review


Fair enough.

I guess it will work like this:

  1. Learn about the failure/success of our project acquisition campaign in spring 2018. Depending on what happens, we focus more on refining our acquisition strategy or more on operations.

  2. If we win, or get to the second stage of, zero projects, it will be all acquisition strategy refinement.

  3. If we win one one-stage proposal we can balance: move into production with the winning project, but also refine acquisition strategy, prioritizing any two-stage proposals that got through stage one.

  4. If we win two or more one-stage proposals, we need to build a production structure which is is significantly larger than the one we have now. In that case, this scaling process takes precedence.

Stand by… :v: