Fill in the Gap. A New Alliance for Social and Natural Sciences

VENTURINI, T., JENSEN, P., & LATOUR, B. (2015). Fill in the Gap: A New Alliance for Social and Natural Sciences. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 18(2), 11. Retrieved from http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/18/2/11.html

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In Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulations

In the last few years, electronic media brought a revolution in the traceability of social phenomena. As particles in a bubble chamber, social trajectories leave digital trails that can be analyzed to gain a deeper understanding of collective life. To make sense of these traces a renewed collaboration between social and natural scientists is needed. In this paper, we claim that current research strategies based on micro-macro models are unfit to unfold the complexity of collective existence and that the priority should instead be the development of new formal tools to exploit the richness of digital data.