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Analysis and visualization of the Auto-organization process of online social communities

Participants : Jean-Daniel Fekete [ correspondant ] , Niklas Elmqvist, Howard Goodell, Stéphane Huot, Nathalie Henry.

Autograph is a 2-year ANR project (program RNRT), started in 2006. The aim of Autograph is to develop tools and services for governance of large cooperative organizations on Internet. This exploratory project intends to draw through research on several online communities (Debian, Wikipedia, international activists, Blogs, SIMS). In order to study the organizational properties of these collectives, the graph theory gives new directions for sociologists, linguists, computer scientists and mathematicians who want to describe social, semantic and computer networks and analyze their structures. The aim of the project is to develop new visualization services, enabling the actors in these communities to “see” the universe in which they cooperate to help them make decisions about the life of their communities. Cartographic and dynamic representations will be given, enabling an exploration of the structure of the links and the thematic universe of the exchanges. All these results will be developed in a tight relationship with the user communities.

Partnership: France Telecom, ENST, LIAFA (Univ. Paris-6), LIMSI (Univ. Paris-Sud), INRIA, LRI (Univ. Paris-Sud), FING

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