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The final output of QLectives can be found at: Quality Collectives Book


QLectives (Quality Collectives)

Socially Intelligent ICT Systems for Quality

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QLectives combines three trends
QMedia Living Lab will build on tribler
QScience Living Lab will build on the econophysics forum

QLectives is a project bringing together top social modelers, peer-to-peer engineers and physicists to design and deploy next generation self-organising socially intelligent information systems. The project aims to combine three recent trends within information systems:

  • Social networks - in which people link to others over the Internet to gain value and facilitate collaboration (think of Facebook)
  • Peer production - in which people collectively produce informational products and experiences without traditional hierarchies or market incentives (think Wikipedia)
  • Peer-to-Peer systems - in which software clients running on user machines distribute media and other information without a central server or administrative control (think of BitTorrent)

QLectves aims to bring these together to form Quality Collectives, i.e. functional decentralised communities that self-organise and self-maintain for the benefit of the people who comprise them. We aim to generate theory at the social level, design algorithms and deploy prototypes targeted towards two application domains:

  • QMedia - an interactive peer-to-peer media distribution system (including live streaming), providing fully distributed social filtering and recommendation for quality (think of social television 2.0)
  • QScience - a distributed platform for scientists allowing them to locate or form new communities and quality reviewing mechanisms, which are transparent and promote quality (think of Slashdot for any particular discipline or sub-discipline)

The approach of the QLectives project is unique in that it brings together a highly inter-disciplinary team applied to specific real world problems. We aim to apply a scientific approach to our designs by formulating theories, applying them to real systems and then performing detailed measurements of system and user behaviour to validate or modify our theories if necessary. Our two applications will be based on two existing user communities comprising several thousand people - so-called "Living Labs". For QMedia we will work with the tribler.org media sharing community. For QScience we will work with the EconoPhysics community.

QLectives is a 7 million Euro four years project, starting in March 2009, funded by the EU under the FP7 FET programme. It comprises the following partners:

The QLectives partners

  • University of Surrey, UK (social modelling with social science connotation)
  • Technical University of Delft, Netherlands (P2P design and deployment engineering)
  • ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland (social modeling with Physics connotation)
  • University of Szeged, Hungary (P2P and distributed systems algorithm design)
  • University of Fribourg, Switzerland (social modelling with an EconoPhysics approach)
  • University of Warsaw, Poland (social complexity modelling with a Psychological approach)
  • The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH in Munich, Germany

To contact the wiki admin, email Nigel Gilbert

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