Objects as results from graph queries using an ORM and generated semantic-relational binding

Marc-Antoine Parent, Collective Intelligence R&D manager at Imagination for People (CATALYST consortium’s partner), published a poster and an explanation paper entitled “Objects as results from graph queries using an ORM and generated semantic-relational binding” on the occasion of the 13th International Semantic Web Conference that took place in Trentino, Italy, from October 19 to 23, 2014. CATALYST and more specifically Assembl are the concrete examples chosen by Mr. Parent to image his theory. CATALYST is a project funded by the European Commission that aims to create a real ecosystem of tools from pre-existing development, which required a full interoperability. All technical partners decided to use Linked Data to get to this point. This poster and its related article will also guide you through solutions for proxies to data storage and generated semantic-relational binding for Assembl.

The poster is available from here and the whole related-article is available from here.


CATALYST latest deliverables are now available

Two new documents are online in the Reports & Deliverables page.

In June 2014, CATALYST invited the project’s community partners to introduce a series of specific testing tools in real-world settings. The goal was to test each specific technology developed by the different parties over a period of three months (until month 12 – September 2014). These tests consist in involving genuine participants in conversations and debates on pertinent topics and issues to foster discussion and allow each tool to be tested on an on-going basis.

Get an insight look at what happened and at the derived evaluation of CATALYST’s tools usability and usefulness!

5th consortium meeting

5th consortium meeting: towards the second year of activities

On October 7-8, 2014, the fifth CATALYST consortium meeting took place in Brussels, respectively at the the iMinds and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Representation Office premises. Fifteen representatives from the 8 partners institutions participated in this meeting, which marked important milestones in the development of the project.

Over the two-days, a large space has been reserved for partners to present the status and progress of their work since the last official gathering held right after the first project event. It was a key and necessary opportunity to clarify open actions, discuss current issues and plan for the year ahead.

More specifically, after 12 months of activities, the project is now entering its second phase, closing the first round of community tesbeds and thus opening the way for technical partners to readjust and adapt their tools according to the feedback received from the communities themselves. Through the mutual agreement of the project’s way forward, CATALYST is now well settled to enter the second period of activities.

More information to come! So, stay connected or subscribe to our forthcoming newsletter for additional insights

common good workshop

The Collective Intelligence for the Common Good Workshop: a real success

Organised by the The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute in its London campus on September 28-29, 2014,  the Collective Intelligence for the Common Good Workshop has been attendeed by  31 participants coming from all over Europe and beyond.

Featuring the CATALYST project and chaired by Douglas Schuler (Evergreen State College & The Public Sphere Project), Anna de Liddo (Open University, UK), Fiorella de Cindio (Universita di Milano, Italy), Mark klein (MIT, US) and Simon Buckingham Shum (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), the two- day event was composed of 17 presentations, answering the following open questions:

  • In what ways have the contexts for collective intelligence for the common good changed? And how might they change in the future?
  • What examples of collective intelligence for the common good historically and currently do we see? Why do they demonstrate collective intelligence for the common good? What might we see in the future?
  • What new socio-technological systems are currently being developed now to promote collective intelligence for the common good? What’s their significance? What problems or challenges are they facing? Where might they go in the future? What obstacles or challenges are these new systems intending to address? How might these systems / approaches be instrumental in addressing significant real world problems?
  • Researchers and activists focus on various aspects of collective intelligence such as sensing, deliberation, memory, focus, etc.
  • How might these diverse approaches and systems be linked to each other – and how?
  • What methodological approaches are relevant?
  • How do disparate perspectives, disciplines, and attitudes relate to collective intelligence for the common good?
  • How might these systems / approaches be instrumental in addressing significant real world problems?
  • What roles do “ordinary” people – citizens with or without legal rights – play in designing and developing these approaches?
  • Who are the stakeholders and what roles are they assuming in relation to collective intelligence for the common good? What roles might they assume in the future?
  • What has been, is currently, and what could be, the relation of the citizen to citizenship? of citizens to associations? of citizens to citizens?
  • How do face-to-face and other “real-life” encounters integrate with online communication and other uses?
  • What can we do to work with “proof of concept” models to ensure that systems get developed and maintained that are built on the findings?
  • How do we go about developing the necessary diverse set of partners and how might we work together?


Discover the CI4CG speakers

Ci4 cg madness from Anna De Liddo)


With deep discussions and sharing of ideas, the workshop greatly succeeded in opening a path for the establishment of an Open Research and Action Community Network, aiming at creating synergies and thus allowing joint-work with practitioners and researchers from all relevant fields.

The CATALYST consortium was proud to be part of such an important meeting and invites you to stay tuned to discover some pictures of this event in the photo gallery!

Finally, access the complete programme and participants’ list by clicking here and go on Twitter (#CI4CG) for additional insights!

open call for collaboration closed

The Open Call for Collaboration is now closed

Launched in July 1st, 2014, the CATALYST Open Call for collaboration has closed today and it can be said that it has been a great success!

17 proposals have been received, coming from all over the world with a common aim: to test the CATALYST developments and make their community benefit from them. The consortium is proud to say that the reached communities are from Italy (2), New Zealand (1), UK (1), France (3), Spain (3), Brussels (1), India (1), Sweden (1), Germany (1), Poland (1), Bolivia (1) and USA (1), but more commonly: worldwide!

The CATALYST partners would like to thank all the participants for their interest and will now enter the phase of the evaluation process.

Stay tuned as the results will be released by the end of October!



KMI workshop

Join the Collective Intelligence for the Common Good Workshop in London on September 29-30!

The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, partner of the CATALYST project, will be hosting a workshop on Collective Intelligence for the Common Good to take place on September 29-30, 2014 in its London Campus.

Envisioning the work that falls into the heading of Collective Intelligence for the Common Good in an extremely broad way, the event will seek to establish an Open Research and Action Community Network, aiming at creating synergies and thus allowing joint-work with practitioners and researchers from all relevant fields.

The workshop is on the way to be a great success with more than 20 speakers already in the programme and a large number of high-profile academics and researchers coming from all over the World to discuss hot topics on the subject.

Join them, get the chance to learn more about CATALYST and kick up your heels! You will be given the opportunity to shape a part of the programme, so don’t miss the chance to submit your paper about an issue you would like to discuss at the workshop.

For more information, consult the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute dedicated page and for registration, click here

Stay tuned with us as the agenda will soon be released!

utopia platform

For all our German speakers : join the CSCP on the Utopia platform to test LiteMap !

How can all the different aspects and arguments for sustainable lifestyles be brought together and made accessible for many people ? Which tools can help show the collective intelligence of users of larger online communities? How can complex topics best be visualised?

Together with Utopia, a large German online community on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, the CSCP will test how argument maps can improve collective sense making in the coming six weeks.

With the help of the online tool LiteMap, three harvesters from the CSCP create argument maps. These will visualise different topics of sustainable living based on discussions and articles on the Utopia platform and display them to users. The first map created shows different arguments for and against organic products from discounters. Other topics and maps will follow in the coming weeks.

The first argument map (in German) is available here.

Join the community now! And for any questions, please contact:

Rosa Groezinger – Project Manager

Join the Network Pizza and get the chance to test Edgesense on July 20 in Matera!

“Online communities are a thing of mystery and wonder. How is it that people who have never met argue passionately, create projects together, become friends and sometimes enemies? The answer, I think, has to do with interaction across humans and its patterns. And we have an intuitive way to think about interaction: networks.” – Alberto Cottica

As already mentioned, the CATALYST project has entered its trial phase to test the tools and refine their developments.

On Sunday July 20th at 17.00, at the Matera unMonastery, Wikitalia (currently developing the Edgesense tool) will be giving a workshop on “using network analysis to understand online conversations”, including a final practical exercise in which each participant will explore the network and makes sense of it using Edgesense, through its interactive tutorial

Futhermore, don’t miss the chance to go through:

  • The basic concepts on networks
  • How and why to use network analysis as a tool to manage online communities? Edgesense will be used as a tool, and the MT2019 community as a case study.
  • Some more advanced examples.

Join Wikitalia @the Network Pizza and register here: And because you will well deserve it, you will have the opportunity to deepen the discussions around a nice, tasty pizza!

annual event

Great success for the first CATALYST annual event!

Co-located with CAPS2014, the first edition of the CATALYST annual event has been praised by all the 70 participants who attended both the presentations session in the morning and the interactive posters session in the afternoon.

CAPS2014 gathered more than 240 attendees on its OFF part on July 1 at The Egg, a creative venue located in the city of Brussels. While 15 workshops runned in parallel, CATALYST was clearly one of the most attended. With even people queuing outside the room to grasp the state of the debates, Roger Torrenti, CEO of Sigma Orionis, opened the workshop by delivering an overview of project objectives and results to date.

Once the context and environment was thus introduced to the audience, a set of presentations delivered by the project partners followed to explain the different aspects of the work undertaken through project activities, regarding the ecosystems of collective intelligence tools and methodology, or the preparation of the trial phase.

Moreover, in front of such an interested audience, it was the most opportune occasion to officially launch the Open Call for collaboration, inviting community partners to submit their proposal to try and test the CATALYST tools and methodologies among their own communities.

In the afternoon, the CATALYST technical partners represented by Michelle Bachler (Open University), Quentin Grimaud (Imagination for People) and Alberto Cottica (Wikitalia) invited the audience to test the functionalities of the developed tools (Assembl, DebateHub, LiteMap and Edgesense), through several related demos.

Participants had the opportunity to try in real conditions the current components, walking from one computer to another and provided the partners with their feedback to consider possible paths of improvement.  Besides the demonstrations, an interactive posters session provided a dynamic forum presenting CATALYST use case partners (Imagination for People, Purpose, Euclid Network, CSCP and Wikitalia) to the audience and inviting the participants to discuss the potential use range of CATALYST tools.

Would like to have more details? Access the presentations here and see the event pictures !

launch of the open call

Official launch of the Open Call for collaboration: test the CATALYST tools within your own community

We are very pleased to announce the official launch of the Open Call for collaboration to test CATALYST tools.

Currently developing collective intelligence tools, processes and methodologies for social and societal innovation, the partners of the CATALYST project are looking for community partners from Europe and beyond, to try and test those developments among their own communities while engaging large-scale discussions around a pre-defined societal issue.

All these tools will be made available for free with the necessary level of support on the partners’ behalf in how to use them and how to build up a community of participants.

Apply now! The competition deadline is October 1, 2014, so that the tests can start by end of 2014 – beginning of 2015 and be completed by the end of April 2015.

Do you think you are the right match? Do you think your community would benefit from the CATALYST tools? Then, please consult the Open Call for collaboration page to know more about the submission procedures.