Category Archives: Information

Collective Information Processing and Pattern Formation in Swarms, Flocks, and Crowds

The spontaneous organization of collective activities in animal groups and societies has attracted a considerable amount of attention over the last decade. This kind of coordination often permits group-living species to achieve collective tasks that are far beyond single individuals’ … Continue reading

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Complexity and Information – Measuring Emergence, Self-organization, and Homeostasis at Multiple Scales

Concepts used in the scientific study of complex systems have become so widespread that their use and abuse has led to ambiguity and confusion in their meaning. In this paper we use information theory to provide abstract and concise measures … Continue reading

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The Role of the Individual in the Social Information Process

The aim of this paper is to point out which role the individual plays in the generation of information in social systems. First, it is argued that the individual is a social, self-conscious, creative, reflective, cultural,  symbol- and language-using, active … Continue reading

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Informing Communities – Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age

Technologies for acquiring and disseminating news and information are changing rapidly. Emerging media have become amazing forces for enabling people to connect. But their full potential is not yet realized in the service of geographic communities, the physical places where … Continue reading

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Recovering from information overload

Recovering from information overload Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy. For all the benefits of the information technology and communications revolution, it has a well-known dark side: information overload and its close cousin, … Continue reading

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Complexity and Information Overload in Society – Why increasing efficiency leads to decreasing control

Read It is argued that social and technological evolution is characterized by ephemeralization, an accelerating increase in the  efficiency of all material, energetic and informational processes. This leads  to the practical disappearance of the constraints of space, time, matter and … Continue reading

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From Information to Knowledge

Read (Download, at Viewer, change View) The document contains a variety of follow up tasks and ʻHow toʼ sheets which should help educators to set up and try a number of tools to help them access quality information from a … Continue reading

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