Tutkimusparvi: the open research swarm in Finland

Tero Heiskanen, Juhana Kokkonen, Kari A. Hintikka, Petri Kola, Timo Hintsa, Pirjo Näkki

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In this paper, we introduce a new kind of scientific collaboration type (open research swarm) and describe a realization (Tutkimusparvi) of this new type of scientific social network. Swarming is an experiment in self-organizing and a novel way to collaborate in the field of academic research. Open research swarms utilize the possibilities of Internet, especially the social media tools that are now available because of the web 2.0 boom. The main goal is to collectively attain rapid solutions to given challenges and to develop a distributed intellectual milieu for researchers. Transparency of the research and creative collaboration are central ideas behind open research swarms. Like Wikipedia, open research swarm is open for everyone to participate. The questions and research topics can come from open research swarm participants, from a purposed principal or from general discussions on the mass media.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th international conference on Entertainment and media in the ubiquitous era
Subtitle of host publicationMindTrek '08
EditorsArtur Lugmayr, Frans Mäyrä, Heljä Franssila, Katri Lietsala
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-197-2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2008
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event12th International Conference on Entertainment and Media in the Ubiquitous Era, MindTrek 2008 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 7 Oct 20089 Oct 2008


Conference12th International Conference on Entertainment and Media in the Ubiquitous Era, MindTrek 2008
Abbreviated titleMindTrek'08


  • academic practices
  • collaboratories
  • collective intelligence
  • open science
  • research swarm
  • social media


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