Protocol Society

The concept of “protocol society” is an invitation to see social structures through the lens of the protocol—a set of voluntary rules governing communication and conduct. Examples include monastic rules, cross-border financial systems, diplomatic... continue reading

A Participatory Platform for Addressing Knowledge Gaps on Wikimedia projects in an Open-Science Fashion

I propose to create a virtual research environment with the mission to address knowledge gaps in Wikimedia projects in a transparent and participatory fashion. Research undertaken through this environment would be organized in an open-by-default... continue reading

Proposed Definition of Polymathy and Polymathic Orientation

Polymathy is a multidimensional approach to learning and personal development that involves the pursuit, development, and application of knowledge characterized by three dimensions: breadth, depth, and integration. (1) Breadth refers to the... continue reading

Interacting With A Computer While You Are In A Chest-Deep Salt Water Tank -- Is It Feasible?

I propose research into a new alternative to sitting in a chair that could enhance one’s comfort and concentration during long hours of computer work.

For peak concentration on your computer screen, it’s best to be upright and stationary. ... continue reading

Long-term social presence and citizen engagement in multi-level and network governance of climate actions

Climate change is a worldwide problem felt locally in municipalities. Mitigation and adaptation climate actions are carried out by many entities [1]. Multi-level governance articulates local,... continue reading

Morphophonological Approach to Lushootseed Reduplication Research

Lushootseed reduplication is fascinating.
According to Bates, Hess and Hilbert (1994: xvii; Hess and Hilbert 1977; Bates 1986), there are seven different types of reduplication in Lushootseed. This assessment is associated with morphological and... continue reading

Docker containers with embedded R packages and domain-specific tools

R packages are collections of functions, documentations, tests, sample data, and dependency declarations, which come together to promote modularity, reproducibility, and adherence to good coding practices. Containerization using technologies such... continue reading

Engine change at 80MPH: OSS projects as laboratories for participatory governance transformation

Online communities are high-throughput laboratories for governance change and innovation. Elinor Ostrom's idea of institutional diversity, that sustainable resource governance requires a diversity of governance forms and approaches, is well... continue reading

Training a large language model to do scientific data extraction for a corpus of materials properties

A wealth of experiments and simulation results are contained in the scientific literature. Extracting it in a machine-readable format is daunting as it typically requires domain expertise, rigid schema, or intensive labor. Recently, Dunn et al.... continue reading

A distinction between the organizational and institutional approaches to human collectives

What is the difference between institutions and organizations? Is there even any need for a distinction? A simple definition makes the need for both concepts clear:
Organizations are collectives whose members mobilize diverse resources toward a... continue reading

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