UNESCO releases "World Social Science Rep ort 2013 – Changing Global Environments"

David Wojick dwojick at CRAIGELLACHIE.US
Sun Nov 17 10:51:25 EST 2013

Dear Loet,

Thank you. This is indeed useful and interesting. There is a large active 
literature on the debate in the sociology and political science communities 
but not a lot of scientometrics, so I think we may be missing a chance to 
contribute. I am particularly interested in distinguishing different 
schools of thought within the sciences. For example there is reported to be 
a lot of tension between the meteorologists and the modelers. Then there 
are groups who think the sun plays an important role, especially the Danes 
and last I knew the European Space Agency, versus those who think it plays 
a minor role, etc. Given that this is a great and historic scientific 
debate it is worth studying the dynamics. Great debates are relatively rare.

But I was wondering about your big data idea, which sounds new.

Good wishes,

At 10:54 AM 11/17/2013, you wrote:
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>Dear David:
>the impact of the IPCC Assessment Reports on science
>Petersen - Environmental Science & Policy, 2011 - Elsevier
>Even though critique to IPCC is certainly not new, the climate 
>controversies of 2009 and
>2010 brought this critique again to the fore in public media. The paper 
>contributes to this
>ongoing debate, and investigates empirically the impact of the four 
>Assessment Reports of ...
>by 5 
>12 versions 
>into EndNote
>Perhaps, useful?
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>Dear Loet,
>Interesting idea. How might that work?
>I study the climate change debate as a major case of a complex, science 
>intensive public policy issue. There are some interesting scientometrics 
>issues, especially in the area of community identification, or what I call 
>the demographics of belief.
>On Nov 17, 2013, at 3:58 AM, Loet Leydesdorff 
><<mailto:loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET>loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET> wrote:
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>Perhaps, one can use “big data” to fight “global climate change” J.
>Can the reflection then be provided by the “e-humanities”?
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>This is quite a manifesto. In particular "...changing the way the social 
>sciences think about and do science" is an remarkable goal, perhaps even a 
>questionable goal.
>Science metrics might begin by documenting the rise of politicized 
>science, of which this is a clear example.
>David Wojick
>On Nov 15, 2013, at 2:57 PM, anup kumar das 
><<mailto:anupdas2072 at GMAIL.COM>anupdas2072 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>UNESCO Releases "World Social Science Report 2013 – Changing Global 
>published: November 15, 2013
>UNESCO today announced the launch of its flagship publication World Social 
>Science Report 2013 — Changing Global Environments.
>The environmental challenges that confront society are unprecedented and 
>staggering in their magnitude, scope, pace and complexity. They have 
>potentially serious consequences for the wellbeing of people all over the 
>world. The consequences of global environmental change are unfolding now; 
>individuals and communities are already struggling to manage often 
>precarious livelihoods; other social, economic and political crises – 
>including persistent poverty, increasing inequalities and social 
>discontent – are intricately linked to and exacerbated by environmental 
>change. Global environmental change changes everything for everyone on 
>this planet – our life support systems, our livelihoods, our ways of life, 
>our actions and interactions with each other. It also changes demands for 
>and on the social, including behavioural and economic sciences.
>This is the third edition of the World Social Science Report. Based on a 
>call for proposals, over 150 authors from all over the world have 
>contributed articles. The Report issues an urgent call to action to the 
>international social science community. Social scientists need to 
>collaborate more effectively with colleagues from the natural, human and 
>engineering sciences to deliver relevant, credible knowledge that can help 
>to address the most pressing of today’s environmental problems and 
>sustainability challenges. And they need to do so in close collaboration 
>with decision-makers, practitioners and the other users of their research.
>A new kind of social science is needed, one that is bolder, better, 
>bigger, different:
>·        Bold enough to reframe and reinterpret global environmental 
>change as a fundamentally social process
>·        Better in terms of infusing social science insights into 
>real-world problem-solving
>·        Bigger in terms of the need for more social scientists to 
>address the challenges of global environmental change directly
>·        Different in the sense of changing the way the social sciences 
>think about and do science – its theories, assumptions, methodologies, 
>institutions, norms and incentives, to help meet the vexing 
>interdisciplinary and cross-sector challenges society faces.
>This report aims to engage social scientists working in all disciplines in 
>academia, research institutes, think tanks, NGOs, and government agencies 
>all over the world. The ISSC will use the report as a basis for critical 
>discussion with its members and partners to sharpen the social science 
>knowledge base on global environmental change and to support social 
>science leadership in research for sustainability.
>Report includes two chapters on open knowledge: 11. A new vision of open 
>knowledge systems for sustainability: Opportunities for social scientists, 
>by David TÃ bara; 12. Viewpoint: Open knowledge and learning for 
>sustainability, by Tim O’Riordan.
>The 2013 World Social Science Report was prepared and edited by the 
>International Social Science Council (ISSC) with the support of high level 
>specialists from all the over the world. It is co-published by the ISSC, 
>the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO.
>Read WSSR2013 online now: 
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