Topics to Explore

Here are a few topics we should consider exploring for the white-paper. Each one of these subjects should warrant a good bit of individual attention, minimizing overlap .

Social Capital

How do we measure the value of social relationships?


“In The Forms of Capital, Pierre Bourdieu distinguishes between three forms of capital: economic capital, cultural capital and social capital. He defines social capital as “the aggregate of the actual or potential resources which are linked to possession of a durable network of more or less institutionalized relationships of mutual acquaintance and recognition.” His treatment of the concept is instrumental, focusing on the advantages to possessors of social capital and the ‘deliberate construction of sociability for the purpose of creating this resource.'”


“There is no widely held consensus on how to measure social capital, which has become a debate in itself: why refer to this phenomenon as ‘capital’ if there is no true way to measure it?”

Sentiment Analysis

How do we extract subjective information from source materials?

Importance, Accuracy, Applications

Big data sizes are a constantly moving target currently ranging from a few dozen terabytes to many petabytes of data in a single data set.

Opinion mining from noisy text data
Twitter mood maps reveal emotional states of America
Automatic Identification of Pro and Con Reasons in Online Reviews
Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis


What types of data-sets are out there?

Data, data everywhere: Information has gone from scarce to superabundant.
That brings huge new benefits, says Kenneth Cukier, but also big headaches


How do we efficiently process large quantities of data within tolerable elapsed times?

Big data sizes are a constantly moving target currently ranging from a few dozen terabytes to many petabytes of data in a single data set.
Facebook handles 40 billion photos from its user base.
Decoding the human genome originally took 10 years to process; now it can be achieved in one week.

Sandia sees data management challenges spiral
Community cleverness required


Is this crowd-sourcing thing still worth the buzz?

Crowd Sourcing Turns Business On Its Head
Looking Forward – Emerging and Declining Networks for 2009
Crowdsourcing without a Crowd: Levia’s Failed Attempt

Permeable Data Sources 

Who has the keys to the lock box?

Dispatch Box: On the road to Open Data
Open Government Data Catalogues 
Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data

New concepts:

time banking

social gaming


9 types of business models: Which one are you?


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