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In many areas, people collectively develop shared representations of the quality of artefacts. Scientific communities produce collective evaluations of what counts as good research in their field. Teenagers evaluate music, fashion, and what is ‘cool’ amongst themselves. Families develop shared opinions about what is good and bad, which they transmit to their offspring. Collaborative annotation systems allow large communities of Web users to rank the quality of content in a decentralised way.
As these few examples illustrate, shared representations of quality may be only vaguely related to objective features of what is being evaluated: these representations are often in continuous flux and the process behind their production is intrinsically social. Competing evaluations of the quality of the same artefacts may coexist and evolve as a function of the different communities that sustain them.
Although collective quality assessment processes are a very widespread and important characteristic of human societies, they have rarely been treated as a topic for empirical enquiry. We have few recent studies of questions such as:
The Centre for Research in Social Simulation (University of Surrey, UK) and the Centre d'Analyse et Mathématique Sociales (EHESS/CNRS, France) are hosting QualityCommons, a workshop bringing together contributions from a range of fields, including sociology, anthropology, economy, social epistemology, social psychology, cognitive science, social computing and complexity science, and offering the opportunity to develop ideas with a selected interdisciplinary audience.
The aims of the workshop are to:
The QualityCommons workshop will take place on 28–29 January 2010 at the Maison de la Recherche in Paris.
Registration for the workshop is free. Since we have a limited number of places available, please consider your place booked only after you have received a confirmation email.
Registration is closed. Confirmation emails will be sent out shortly after 11th January 2010.
If you are an invited speaker please fill in this form to help us organise your stay in Paris.