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.


Have a closer look at DebateHub

DebateHub is another of the software components of the CATALYST ecosystem of Collective Intelligence Technologies aimed at supporting innovative online deliberation processes.

Developed by the Open University, this online deliberation tool is based on an intuitive interface for large-scale argumentation, and advanced visualisations to support sensemaking, attention mediation and community moderation. Its aims are to:

  • Raise issues;
  • Share ideas;
  • Debate the pros and cons;
  • Vote contributions in order to collectively organise and progress good ideas forward.

For Community Members:

Debate Hub helps you share new ideas, but also opens them up for debate. This helps you make the case for your viewpoint, and identify the most robust ideas in all the noise.

For Community Managers:

Debate Hub provides new tools to organise your community’s contributions, reduces idea duplication, and supports content analysis and summarisation. The analytics dashboard onto your groups helps you spot connections between people and ideas, detect gaps in knowledge, discover new patterns of (dis)agreement, and produce visual summaries of the community debate.

DebateHub provides an intuitive linear interface for data entry. People can contribute to building argument maps by filling in different text boxes in the context of the same webpage. A two-column interface with colored column’s titles (For and Against) is used as visual metaphor to associate positive and negative semantics to arguments.

DebateHub, as well as other CATALYST CI technologies, is meant to be distinctive in its use of advanced analytics and visualisations to show the best argued ideas, the state and progress of the debate and the level of engagement of the online community.

For more information, please visit the DebateHub website, read the related deliverables or visit our YouTube Channel for demos and tutorials!


LiteMap at a glance

Developed by the Open University, LiteMap is a web tool for mapping out visually the content of online debates that may be happening in other forums or websites. It is a place to harvest the main issues, ideas, pros and cons in the online debate and to connect those in meaningful network graphs. It is a tool for data harvesting, web annotation and visual summarisation and it can be used by individuals or in groups.

The main components of LiteMap are:

  • A bookmarklet to harvest content from the Web
  • 2-D mapping canvases (the Maps) in which harvested content can be connected to build argument maps. These are network representations of the issues, ideas, and arguments around a specific discussion topic.
  • A website to collaboratively build and share maps with a wider community.
  • A visualisation dashboard to support sensemaking and reflection on the mapping process.

LiteMap is meant to be distinctive in its use of advanced analytics to show the best argued ideas, and visualisations of the activities of an online community.

For Community Managers:

Litemap helps you to summarise the state of a debate and to present it to the community: to trigger further reflection, promote deeper understanding and improve engagement with the online debate. Litemap is also a tool to organise your community’s contributions, reduces idea duplication, and supports content analysis and summarisation. The analytics dashboard onto your maps helps you spot connections between ideas, detect gaps in knowledge, discover new patterns and produce visual summaries of the community debate.

 For Community Members:

Litemap is your way to move from debate participation to community moderation. With Litemap you can build a visual representation of your own view of where an online debate is going and you can use this representation to communicate your ideas to others.

For more information, please visit the LiteMap website, read the related deliverables or visit our YouTube Channel for demos and tutorials!

Online debates

Join the debates: Imagine the future of organised civil society and help design the future of online debate!

The CATALYST project is now entering its testing phase and later this summer, Euclid Network and Purpose, together with Open University, will launch their online discussion on the future of civil society in order to test the DebateHub developments.

The subjects of these debates will be:

“How involved should civil society organisations be in the delivery of public services?”

“What are the biggest barriers to the flourishing of civil society in the next five years?”

“How can large and established civil society organisations be nimble, innovative and entrepreneurial?”

“How could civil society organisations attract more people to work and volunteer with them?”

These debates will not only gather a wide range of views on organised civil society, they will also test how new online deliberation technologies can support more robust debates and discussions than traditional platforms.

Specifically, this test involves DebateHub, an innovative online debating tool developed by the Open University, which uses the Internet to harness collective intelligence.

All contributions to the debates will feed into a unique collective picture, which will be synthesised and incorporated into a report on “Imagining the Future of Civil Society”, to be published by Euclid, Purpose and the Open University. As such, all those who take part in these debates will be listed as contributors to the report.

In summary, as a participant you will:

  • be contributing to the debate of important Civil Society issues,
  • help the research and development of innovative technologies for public deliberation,
  • be listed as a contributor of a publicly available report on “Imagining the Future of Civil Society”.

So, take part, debate, and let us hear your voice! Simply register your interest now, and we will contact you shortly before the tests begin!


What is Assembl all about?

« Assembl empowers hundreds or even thousands of people to create collective intelligence. Not just individual comments. Not just a social network. Not simply sharing existing knowledge. Assembl enables real co-production of fresh insights and new ideas. »

Developed by Imagination for People, this web application helps large groups of people to co-build new ideas. The application is designed to allow large amounts of information to be organized efficiently in order to let people react to, and build on the ideas of others in a productive manner. This is done through the work of a group of people called the Harvesters and is what allows the content of organisation to happen.

Assembl is one of the software components of the CATALYST ecosystem. This ecosystem designed to support the progressive structuring of online deliberation based on participants’ exchanges of normal chronological messages in natural languages. The deliberation is based on a progressive structural refinement process as the conversation and the collective understanding of the chosen subject grows.

For more information, please visit the Assembl website, read the related deliverables or visit our YouTube Channel!