Friday, November 21, 2014

Call for Participation: OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event at CSSP, JNU, India, on 25 Nov.

[Apologies for cross-posting]

OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event

Date: November 25, 2014, at 14:00 - 17:00

: Room No. 227, CSSP, SSS-1 Building, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi - 110067, India

Registration Fee: Nil

Theme: Open Science, Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data held during November 2014 at Washington, DC. It was organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

The meeting had convened students and early career researchers from around the world who serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon's three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite event is being held in partnership with the main conference (more on OpenCon 2014 here). As it is important to allow more of those interested to participate, this satellite event is being organized locally to reflect the fact that the conversation around these issues can be very different depending on where they're had.

OpenCon 2014 Delhi will feature leading speakers from across the Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data movements, including a combination of live speakers and videos from the OpenCon 2014 Washington event.

The talks will be interspersed with interactive group discussions themed around the session topic.

Format of the event

OpenCon 2014 Delhi is a half-day event hosted at Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by Open Access India in collaboration and support with CSSP, JNU Central Library and Rock Your Paper.

14:00 - 14:15 : Arrival and registration

14:15 - 14:20 : Welcome and Introduction

14:20 - 15:00 : Session 1: Open Access - talks and video session (#227, CSSP)

15:00 - 15:15 : Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45 : Session 1 group discussions (#227, CSSP)

15:45 - 16:00 : Session 2: Open Education & Open Data - talks and video session (#227, CSSP)

16:00 - 16:15 : Coffee Break

16:15 - 16:45 : Session 2 group discussions (#227, CSSP)

16:45 - 17:00 : Summary and end of day

To secure your place please register for a free ticket - and we look forward to seeing you on the 25th Nov. 2014!

About OpenCon 2014 (Washington main event)

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data being held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon's three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

See the OpenCon2014 website for more details.

Facebook Event:

Thanks & Regards


On Behalf of the OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event

Sridhar Gutam, PhD, ARS
Senior Scientist (Plant Physiology)
ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region Research Centre Ranchi
Tata Road, Rajaulatu Post, Plandu, Ranchi 834010, Jharkhand, India
Phone: +91-651-2260207; Fax: +91-651-2260141

Convenor, Open Access India

New CSSP Working Paper "ICT for Economic and Social Transformation: An Empirio -Theoretical Review of Indian Initiatives" by Pradosh Nath

CSSPEWPS 4 :: ICT for Economic and Social Transformation: An Empirio -Theoretical Review of Indian Initiatives
by Pradosh Nath (Formerly with CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, India), November 2014


The central issue dealt in the paper is that connectivity matters for social and economic development of marginal and less developed economies. Connected wrong ways connectivity might widen the gap between developed and less developed economies. This is the flip side that occurs when connectivity itself is seen as solution of the complex developmental issues.
ICT is the digital device that makes information accessible in real time across the globe. It is the latest of network technologies. It is argued that as in the cases of earlier network technologies, the ICT adopter economies would prosper, while other languishing as laggards. Theoretical clarity notwithstanding, the faith on ICT as a tool to access to information and development led many experts to suggest that marginal economies may actually skip industrialisation and straight away enter ICT era for development The paper weaves an argument distinguishing the implications of access to information for developed economies and marginal economies. It is suggested that Distinction between advanced and marginal economy is – in case of former there is demand for information, which in case of latter, is need (as opposed to demand) of information for triggering development. The causality, therefore, could be reverse in the two cases. It is, therefore, argued that for marginal economies access to information has to be coupled with the development programme, otherwise the possibility of connectivity being counter productive, the flip side can be ruled out.
The paper examines the Indian initiatives in this regards, and observes that most of the Indian initiatives are stand-alone ICT access and, therefore, susceptible to become counter productive.


With Best Regards


Assistant Editor, Journal of Scientometric Research

Monday, November 17, 2014

Just Published -- Special issues on "Informal Sector Innovations": African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Sending you the link to the first of the two special issues on "Informal Sector Innovations" of African Journal of Science Technology Innovation and Development. Will appreciate very much your comments and feedback.

Warm regards

Saradindu Bhaduri
(Editor, Special Issue) &
Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh
(Editorial Assistant)

African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development
Special issues on "Informal Sector Innovations"
Volume 6, Issue 3, 2014

Table of Contents

Guest Editor's note
Saradindu Bhaduri, pages 163-164

Original Articles
Rational agent-based understanding of the informal sector: A critical assessment
by René Rivera-Huerta, pages 165-173, DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.940166

The dynamics of local innovations among formal and informal enterprises: Stories from rural South Africa
by Alexandra Luis Mhula Links, Tim Hart & Peter Jacobs, pages 175-184, DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.940168

Actor networks and innovation activities among rural enterprises in a South African locality
Kgabo Hector Ramoroka, Peter Jacobs & Hlokoma Mangqalaza, pages 185-191, DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.940169

Dynamic networks of grassroots innovators in India
by Hemant Kumar, pages 193-201, DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.940170

Exploring informal sector community innovations and knowledge appropriation: A study of Kashmiri pashmina shawls
by Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh, pages 203-212, DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.940171

Rethinking technological choices and knowledge production in the mines and on the factory floor: Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha's experiences in central India
by Radhika Krishnan, pages 213-221, DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.940167

A new informal economy in Africa: The case of Ghana
by Franklin Obeng-Odoom & Stephen Ameyaw, pages 223-230, DOI:10.1080/20421338.2014.940172

Full-text Access:

With Best Regards


Assistant Editor, Journal of Scientometric Research

CfPs: 1st Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity (SOItmC) & (8th Knowledge Cities World Summit) 2015; 14-18 June; at Daegu, Korea

1st Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity (SOItmC) & (8th Knowledge Cities World Summit) 2015

Conference Date: 14-18 June 2015

Venue: DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology), Daegu, Korea

Conference Theme: Open Innovation, Knowledge City & Creative Economy

Call for Papers


Abstract, special session and workshop proposal submission (2015.01.07)
Abstract, special session and workshop acceptance notification (2015.01.17)
Full paper submission (2015. 01. 01 ~ 06. 01)
1st Full paper acceptance notification (2015. 04. 08)
2nd Full paper acceptance notification (2015. 06. 10)
Other than the above process, you can, at any time, submit your papers through our 'Fast Paper Submission' process.Then, you would be notified the acceptance of presentation and the journal to which you could submit among the invited journals within two weeks.
Early Registration (until 2015. 05. 14)
Regular Registration (on or after 2015. 05. 14)
Sub-themes: A number of sub-themes have been identified, including but not limited to:
        IT Convergence
        Open Innovation
        Business Model
        Knowledge-Based Development
        Intellectual Capital
        Expert Systems of Knowledge Cities
        Urban Technology
        Sharing Economy
        Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy
        Complexity and Evolutionary Change
        Economics of Catch-up
        Social Networks
        System Dynamics

Special Sessions
    Special Session 1. "Urban Planning, Open Innovation & Ubiquitous City"
    - Session Chair: SangHo Lee (Hanbat National University)
    Special Session 2. "Complexity, Open Innovation & Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: DongGyu Won (KISTI)
    Special Session 3. "Entrepreneurship, Open Innovation, and Creative Economy" (Not yet Confirmed)
    - Session Chair: SunYoung Park & YeongWha Sawng (Konkuk University)
    Special Session 4."Start-ups, Open Innovation, and Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: ChoongJae Im (Keimyung University)
    Special Session 5. "ICT, Open Innovation, and Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: HeeDae Kim (Daegu Digital Industry Promotion Agency)
    Special Session 6. "Daegu Techno-Park, Open Innovation, and Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: YoHan Kim (Daegu TechnoPark)
    Special Session 7. "Convergence Technology, Open Innovation, and Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: HyoSung Jang (Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology)
    Special Session 8. "Global Cooperation, Open Innovation, and Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: TaeHee Kim (National Research Foundation of Korea)
    Special Session 9. "Technology Policy for Open Innovation & Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: SangOk Choi (Korea University)
    Special Session 10. "Open Innovation for Smart Mobility"
    - Session Chair: JoonWoo Son (DGIST)
    Special Session 11. "Technology Policy for Open Innovation and Knowledge City"
    - Session Chair: KwangHo Jung (Seoul National University)

Special Issue Journal
    Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity (Targeting Scopus in 2015)
        Editor-in-Chief: JinHyo Joseph Yun (DGIST)
        Up to 25 articles would be accepted to the journal
    Technological Forecasting and Social Change (SSCI) (Non-confirmed)
        Editor-in-Chief: Fred Phillips (Stony Brook University, USA)
        How many papers would be accepted by the journal would be determined later
    Science, Technology and Society (SSCI)
        Guest Editor: JinHyo Joseph Yun (DGIST) & SangOk Choi (Korea University)
        Up to 7 articles would be accepted to the journal
    Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Targeting Scopus in 2015)
        Guest Editor: DongGyu Won (KISTI) & JinHyo Joseph Yun (DGIST)
        Up to 7 articles would be accepted to the journal

General Issue Journals
    Journal of Science, and Technology, Policy, Management (Scopus)
        Editor: Patricia Ordonez de Pablos
        Invited Reviewers: KiSeok Kwon (Hanbat National University) & JinHyo Joseph Yun (DGIST)
        Up to 5 articles would be accepted to the journal
    Knowledge Management Research and Practice (SSCI)
        Editor: Giovanni Schiuma (University of the Arts London)
        Invited Reviewers: "To be determined"
        Up to 5 - 7 articles would be accepted to the journal
    Measuring Business Excellence (Scopus)
        Editor: Giovanni Schiuma (University of the Arts London)
        Invited Reviewers: "To be determined"
        Up to 5 - 7 articles would be accepted to the journal

Publication Plan
Among participants of the conference who present their studies, those selected will be asked to elaborate on their research works and submit the complete version of papers to the invited journals of the conference. The publication process is described as below.
    Parallel sessions consist of special sessions and general sessions.
    At each special session, at least two papers would be given chances to submit into invited scopus journals and one of the papers at each special session could be invited to one of the SSCI journals of the conference.
    At each general session, two best papers would be given the Best Paper Awards, and encouraged to submit their papers into invited journals after due revision.
    In general sessions, there are two distinctive publication processes, unlike the regular process, the fast type makes you notified, within two weeks, up to the acceptance of the paper to the invited journals of the conference.
    Contents of Keynote Speeches will be kindly asked to be arranged into the format of presentation by the keynote speakers to be presented either in a special session or a regular session, and later to be invited to submit to the journal of open innovation: technology, market, and complexity.

Keynote Speakers
Philip Cooke (UK)
    University Research Professor in regional economic development (1991) and founding director (1993) of the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. (until July, 2014)
    Adjunct Professor in Development Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark and LEREPS, University of Toulouse, France. (2005-2010)
    Research Professor at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (2013-2014)
    Editor of "European Planning Studies" (SSCI)
    Interested in the studies of Evolutionary Complexity Theory, Regional Innovation Systems and Green Innovation
    Presentation Theme: "The Future of Innovation: Challenges, Complexity & Crossovers"
Venni V. Krishna (India)
    A Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    Editor-in-Chief, Science, Technology and Society (SSCI)
    Presentation Theme: "To be Confirmed "
Keun Lee (Korea)
    A Professor, Department of Economics, Seoul National University
    Director, Center for Economic Catch-up
    President, Asia-Pacific Innovation Network
    President-elect, International Schumpeter Society
    Editor-in-Chief, Seoul Journal of Economics
    Associate Editor-in-Chief, Asian Journal of Technology Innovation
    An Editor, Research Policy
    Member, Committee for Development Policy, UN
    Winner of 2014 Schumpeter Prize for his book on Schumpeterian Analysis of Economic Catch-up (CUP 2013)
    Presentation Theme: "Paradox of Economic Catch-up"
Fred Phillips (USA)
    A Professor, the State University of New York at Stony Brook
    A Senior Fellow (and formerly Research Director) at the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin
    Ex Vice Provost for Research at Alliant International University, Associate Dean at Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands), and Dean of Management at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology
    Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's international journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change.
    Presentation Theme: "To be Confirmed "
Fumio Kodama (Japan)
    A Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo and Shibaura Institute of Technology
    Ex Editor of Research Policy (1993 – 2009)
    Ex President of the Japan Society of MOT (2006 – 2009)
    Ex President of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management (2008)
    Presentation Theme: "To be Confirmed"

For more information, please contact:
SOItmC & KCWS 2015 Secretariat
    Ph.: +82-53-785-4411, CP.: +82-10-3429-2728, Fax: +82-53-785-4409
    Address: 333 Techno Jungang-daero, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, 711-873, Republic of Korea.

SOItmC Chair
    JinHyo Joseph Yun (+82-10-6697-8355,
(KCWS Chair)
    Tan Yigitcanlar (+61-0402510001,
DGIST 50-1 Sang-Ri, Hyeonpung-Myeon, Dalseong-Gun, Daegu, 711-873, Korea, Tel: +82-53-785-4411

Further Details

Friday, November 14, 2014

In response to the newspaper article titled “Bridging the innovation gap” dated 4th November 2014.

In response to the newspaper article titled "Bridging the innovation gap" dated 4th November 2014.
Bridging the innovation gap
For a country aspiring to global economic leadership, the 2014 Global Innovation Index (GII) brings bad news for India. For the Index saw the country drop 10 places...
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 The article published on 4 November in The Hindu proposes an improvement in intellectual property rights to bridge the innovation gap India experiences today. The author cites Global Innovation Index to compare five of the BRICS countries and states that 'India fell to 76th position while Russia jumped ahead by 13 spots, placing 49th'. On the basis of GII report and R&D investment, the report concludes that India is lagging behind the other BRICS countries primarily due to poor IPR. However, the empirical basis of his conclusion is absent. When we look at the Intellectual Property Rights Index, prepared by the Hernando de Soto Fellowship Programme, we also do not find much to support the conclusion.  
 According to this report, on a 10 point scale, India, Brazil and China score the same (5.5) in terms of the composite Intellectual Property Rights Index. Russia scores much lower (4.8).  The index is composed of three elements – Legal and Political environment, Physical  Property Rights and of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).  In terms of the third component, namely, the IPR, India scores at par with Brazil, reasonably better than (4.8) Russia, and only slightly less (5.4) than China. Within IPR, when we look at 'patent protection', India scores 7.5 which is, once again, higher than Russia (and Brazil). South Africa's score is only slightly better, and China scores one point higher.  
Thus, locating India's poor performance in innovations in IPR and patent protections, especially among BRICS countries, can be misleading, and diverts our attention from several more important factors required to boost India's innovation ecosystem. It seems to serve merely a political point, perhaps.

Best Regards,
Deep Jyoti Francis
Center for Studies in Science Policy
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Thursday, November 13, 2014

RIS Seminar on ‘Climate Change and the Premises for a New Society’ on Saturday, 15 Nov. 2014 at India Habitat Centre

RIS Seminar on 'Climate Change and the Premises for a New Society' on 15 Nov. 2014

Dear Colleagues:

RIS is organizing a seminar on 'Climate Change and the Premises for a New Society' on Saturday, 15 November 2014 at 3.00 pm in the RIS Conference Hall. Prof. Ajit Singh, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Cambridge University will be the main speaker.  As you may be aware, Prof Singh has made fundamental academic contributions in the areas of modern business enterprise, de-industrialisation in advanced and emerging economies and the globalisation of financial and product markets.

 Dr Nagesh Kumar, Head of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), South and South-West Asia Office, New Delhi has kindly agreed to Chair the Seminar.  Ms. Lydia Powell, who heads the Centre for Resources Management at Observer Research Foundation, will be the lead discussant. 

You all are requested to attend and participate in the Seminar


(Sachin Chaturvedi)


All are welcome. No prior registration is required.

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Core 4-B, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003, INDIA

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Two Publications of CSSP Scholars

Roy, Deya (2014). "Understanding the Delhi Urban Waterscape through the Actor Network Theory". International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, 2014, online first. DOI: 10.1177/1087724X14553851 Download.
Abstract: A major function of the municipal authorities in a city is ensuring a clean water supply for its inhabitants, which is achieved through a technological network, that is, the network of pipelines conveying water to various parts of the city. To understand urban technological networks such as the city water supply, the intermixing of wider social and economic realities with the transformation of such networks needs to be explored. A socio-technical approach gaining popularity with urban geographers for an understanding of social and technological development in concert is the Actor Network Theory (ANT), which focuses on the relationships between the human and the non-human. By taking the example of Delhi, the capital of India, this article explores how ANT provides a way to include material entities such as standpipes, water treatment plants, tube wells, and so on, into analyses of societal water governance networks and institutions.

Saxena, Anurita (2014). "Run-of-the-River Schemes and the quest for Renewable Energy in Himachal Pradesh". NMML Occasional Paper Series: Perspectives in Indian Development # 40. Download

Abstract: Anxieties about climate change have given a fresh impetus to renewable energy enthusiasts. In India, most official and popular imagination describe these renewable technologies as being environmental friendly, decentralized, equitable, sustainable and accessible. But does such rhetoric actually translate into realities on the ground? The pursuit of hydroelectric projects in the state of Himachal Pradesh (North Western India), I will argue, provides an apt context to reconsider the strengths and pitfalls of renewable energy projects. The government of Himachal Pradesh has been vigorously seeking, in recent years, to harness the states' hydro-power potential (23,000 MW). In fact, more than 8,347 MW have already been commissioned. But has this developmental strategy been appropriate and sustainable? Electricity generation has mostly been through run-of-the-river (ROR) technologies: considered to be more viable and environment friendly. These RORs, some argue, require minimum of submergence and relocation of communities. However, these structures also require diversion of waters through weirs and dams into tunnels. Constructing the latter entails massive muck dumping, diversion of rivers and streams, drying up of water sources and most importantly indirectly affecting people and even entire village settlements. My paper will seek to explore the various tensions and points of discord that have erupted between the "indirectly affected communities" and the state government's enthusiastic pursuit of renewable energy. It will hope to pose the problem of renewable energy as a conceptual challenge to terms such as "appropriate", "sustainable" and "environmentally equity".

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Call for Participation: International Workshop on Data and Text Analytics, 8-13 December at UPTU Noida

International Workshop on Data and Text Analytics
8-13 December 2014, at Noida
Venue: Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Noida

The primary aim of the workshop is to train professionals, academicians and students in the theoretical and practical aspects of Data and Text Analytics. The workshop will include keynotes, tutorials and laboratory sessions on relevant topics in the area. The main focus is on processing structured data and unstructured texts, as approached from different routes (Linguistics, Machine Learning and Data Mining). Dedicated tutorials each on Weka (from its original creators) and R (with tm package) constitute a key component of the workshop.

The workshop will be ideal for those who are working (or planning to start) in the areas of Text Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Web Mining, Social Media Analytics etc. The workshop includes distinguished speakers with substantial research/ industry experience in Data and Text Analytics. Some of the topics to be covered in the workshop include: Text Classification and Categorization, Information Extraction, Named Entity Recognition, Document Summarization, Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis, Semantic Relatedness, Wikification, Short text processing and Knowledge graph based NLP. The workshop will run largely in tutorial mode and will aim to have interactive sessions and demonstrations.

The workshop participants also have an opportunity to submit papers in the special session on Data and Text Analytics in the International Conference on Congnitive Computing and Information Processing, 3-4 March, 2015. Accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore as per the conference policy.

Fee waiver: Fee waiver up to 20% may be considered on request in deserving cases.

Further Details:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

World Social Science Forum 2015 'Transforming Global Relations for a Just World', at Durban, 13-16 September

World Social Science Forum 2015 'Transforming Global Relations for a Just World'
Durban, 13-16 September 2015

Call for abstracts
The International Social Science Council (ISSC) proudly announces the third World Social Science Forum (WSSF) scheduled to be held at the International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa, from 13 to 16 September 2015. The Forum is the most significant gathering of scholars and policy-oriented intellectuals drawn from all the regions of the world and across different disciplinary interests in the social sciences and humanities. It serves as a platform for presenting new knowledge and insights, re-thinking received wisdom, charting new directions, promoting innovation in the research-policy-action nexus, and nurturing new international partnerships.
The 2015 WSSF is being convened under the theme of: 'Transforming Global Relations for a Just World'
The theme builds on critical issues that permeated debates during both the 2009 and 2013 editions of the Forum which focused respectively on the themes "One Planet - Worlds Apart" (2009) and "Social Transformations and the Digital Age" (2013) and addressed issues of power asymmetries, injustices, disparities, disjunctions and the divide that pervaded contemporary global realities. The 2015 WSSF will now focus on the issues of inequality and justice as core concerns around which discussions about global relations must be structured. The 2015 Forum will contextualise the debates within the framework of a global order that is in the throes of multiple transitions (such as global economic crises, economic growth in the South, and changes in global governance) which in turn offer possibilities for multiple transformations. These transitions straddle the national and the global in complex ways that deserve to be unpacked both in their specificities and generalities. Although the unfolding transitions are producing different degrees and dimensions of change, the central challenge to policy and politics is to ensure that they combine to produce transformative outcomes that will make for a more just world in the post 2015 global development agenda.
Participants in the WSSF 2015 will be invited to address this challenge, doing so through the deployment of interpretative and analytical tools that examine the roots and dimensions of global change with an eye on attaining greater sustainability through equity and justice in global relations. It is anticipated that selected papers from the WSSF 2015 will feed into the production of the 2016 edition of the triennial World Social Science Report whose theme will also centre on inequality.

The theme of the WSSF 2015 allows for rich and concentrated dialogues to take place among scholars coming from different disciplinary backgrounds, theoretical orientations, and geographical regions. It also facilitates an exchange between scholars and policy-makers, practitioners, and activists. Authors of abstracts and papers are encouraged to develop their own specific entry points into addressing the theme of the Forum. As a broad, but non-exhaustive guide, some of the sub-themes that will be covered by the Forum include:
    History, Trends and Patterns of Global Inequality
    Theorising and Measuring Inequality
    Drivers, Catalysts, and Determinants of Inequality in the Global system
    Nature, Dimensions, Types, and Sites of Inequality
    Inequality, Poverty and Citizenship
    Ethics, Social Policy and Inequality
    Policies, Experiences, and Experiments in Combating Inequality; and
    Challenges and Opportunities for Overcoming Global Inequality

Scholars and policy-oriented intellectuals interested in participating in the WSSF 2015 are invited to submit abstracts of the papers they wish to contribute on any of the sub-themes listed in this announcement, or around topics which they deem to be central to the overall theme of the Forum but which may not have been covered under any of the sub-themes highlighted. Abstracts should not be more than 350 words and should be submitted in an electronic format in English. The working language of the WSSF2015, as with the previous editions, will be English. Authors of abstracts are invited to address conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and policy dimensions of the Forum theme and should use language that can be can be understood by people with a strong interest in questions relating to inequality and justice but coming from various backgrounds.
Contributions that deploy comparative, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged. Female scientists and younger scholars are particularly invited to submit abstracts for consideration, including those which cover on-going research. Perspectives from the arts and humanities, as well as natural sciences, engineering and medical sciences are also welcome to complement those that will be received from the social science disciplines.

Writing the Abstract
When writing an abstract, try to include as much information as possible. Be concise and avoid statements such as "work in progress" or "results will be discussed" wherever possible. If the results are unknown at this stage, give some indication of what they are expected to be and what the implications are.
Crucially, try to ensure that the abstract is easy to read and understand for the reviewer. He or she is your key audience for this process and may not be familiar with your exact field of work and/or may not have English as a first language. Try to make your abstract as easy as possible to comprehend – both in terms of the layout and the language that you use (avoiding acronyms and slang where possible).
Format Guide
Abstracts should not be more than 350 words and should be submitted in an electronic format in English.  The on-line abstract submission system is user friendly. You will be guided through the submission procedure. Please follow the instructions as shown on the webpage. Although there is no set format for an abstract, you may wish to follow one of the following layouts in order to help structure and communicate your ideas effectively:
    Background:  Indicates the purpose and objective of the research, the hypothesis that was tested or a description of the problem being analysed or evaluated.
    Methods:  Describe the setting/location for the study, study design, study population, data collection and methods of analysis used.
    Results:  Present as clearly as possible the findings/outcome of the study, with specific results in summarized form
    Conclusions:  Briefly discuss the data and main outcome of the study. Emphasize the significance, care and/or support, and future implications of the results.

Seek Feedback
Once you have written your abstract, show it to some of your colleagues, and also to some family or friends outside of the field to see if they can understand it easily.  Correcting mistakes at this stage gives your abstract a better chance of being accepted.

Choosing a Title
If your abstract is selected (see below), the title will eventually appear in the conference programme, the conference booklet and the conference website. It is crucial, therefore, that it is as descriptive – but short – as possible! A good title provides a one-line summary of exactly what your abstract is about – enough to inform reviewers and delegates about what they can expect.

Submit Your Abstract
Once you have written and checked your abstract, you can submit it online through the WSSF 2015 Abstract Management System. Go log-in to the online submission system and follow the links to registration. You will need to create a 'New Account' if you have not already done so. Once logged in, select the 'New Submission' option and you will be asked to select a presentation type – research, practice or advocacy and policy. This is to assist the SPC in sending your abstract to the most relevant reviewers, so please select the category that best fits your work. You will then be asked to enter details of the abstract and the abstract itself.
As part of this process, you will be asked to select one abstract sub-theme. This list is not exhaustive, but please try and select the one topic that best fits your work. Think about which session you would like to present your work in – where would it best fit? This is an important stage in the abstract submission as it helps the SPC to create the conference programme.

What Happens Next?
Once you have submitted your abstract it can be viewed in the 'View Abstracts' window.  You will receive an email closer to the closing date for abstract submissions to confirm the information submitted. An international panel of experts will review the abstracts. Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two (2) different reviewers.  Each abstract is given a score based on content, significance, originality, relevance and overall presentation.  Abstracts may be selected for:
    Oral presentation
    Poster presentation, or
    May be rejected.

The SPC will meet to finalise the programme – creating sessions based on the abstract reviews.  Please note that, in order to make the conference as inclusive as possible, only one oral presentation per person will be accepted.
The deadline for the receipt of all abstracts is 1 March 2015. Authors of abstracts whose entries are selected will be notified by the WSSF 2015 Scientific Committee by 17 April 2015and will be requested to confirm their conference registration by 6 May 2015. Authors will be notified of the final WSSF programme by 31st May 2015.

Key Dates to Remember:
    Abstract submissions open: 15 October 2014
    Abstract submissions close:  1 March 2015
    Abstract acceptance notifications issued to authors:  17 April 2015
    Registration deadline for abstract authors to have their abstracts admitted to the programme:  6 May 2015
    Final notification to presenting author of abstract allocation in the programme:  31 May 2015
    Final programme released to public on Forum website:  1 June 2015

To submit your abstract, please click on the button below to log-in/create an online profile.  Once you are logged in, detailed guidelines will assist you to submit your abstract.  
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Call for Applications to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in expert group meeting on Big Data and the Quality of Life

Call for Applications – Big Data and the Quality of Life

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) calls for applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in an expert group meeting on

Big Data and the Quality of Life

18-20 March 2015

The Medialab at Sciences Po University, Paris, France

Our quality of life is profoundly influenced by information coming from big data. More and more data are being processed with ever-increasing speed and sophistication, and the size and complexity of infrastructures for big data are growing at an equal pace. At the same time, it is becoming clear that we have only limited understanding of the interplay between the technical, social, organizational and cultural aspects of the collection, storage and analysis of big data.

The workshop will prepare recommendations for different stakeholders in the big and open data world (including researchers, research funding agencies, archives, and publishers) to facilitate expanded integration across scientific disciplines to identify key issues in addressing the connectivity between big data and quality of life. At the workshop, plans will also be made to take this work forward with one or more panels at the World Social Science Forum in Durban, SA 13-16 September 2015 and a one-week workshop at the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India in 2016.

The expert group meeting will bring together around fifteen leading social and natural science scholars and practitioners in 'eScience' and 'cyber infrastructure' from around the world, as well as five talented, early career social scientists. We are looking for early career social scientists who show great scientific promise and are not afraid to look beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. If you fit this description and are interested in the relationship between big data and quality of life, please apply to become a World Social Science Fellow and be part of the expert group meeting.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

CfPs & Invitation for ICCIG 2015, Third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots, at IIMA, 19-22 Jan

From: Anil K Gupta <>

Dear Colleague, 

Invitation for third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots [ICCIG], IIMA, Jan 19-22, 2015.
The dates for the conference have been changed as the President of India is likely to inaugurate it.

 Increasing concern for sustainability has focused attention of academics, practitioners, corporate, social and public policy leaders towards extremely affordable frugal products and services.  A quarter century of exploration by Honey Bee Network has generated several models of engagement with creative and innovative communities and individuals in different domains.  The first ICCIG was held in January 1997 leading to establishment of Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network [GIAN] and later National Innovation Foundation [NIF].  The second ICCIG was held in China and India in December 2012 to connect creative pursuits around the world.  The third ICCIG aims at pooling insights from research, policy and practices in education, technology, institutions, culture, conservation and governance.

The conference welcomes the presentation in different formats including performances, exhibitions, posters and research papers.  Community representatives are specially invited to connect with each other and help the formal sector to understand and appreciate their knowledge systems.

 The policy makers and corporate leaders will find conference as a unique platform for engaging with open innovation community promoting dialogue and partnership between formal and informal sector of science, technology, services and society.

Please submit your abstracts and proposals for special workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and performances to

 Various institutions involved with Honey Bee Network such as NIF, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions [SRISTI] and GIAN are supporting the conference to share their learning and also to absorb the wisdom around the world in leveraging grassroots innovations. Please submit your abstracts by November 30th, 2014 with full papers due by 15th December, 2014. Those desirous of booking their accommodation during the conference may send a mail to  All logistical enquiries may be sent at the same address.  

If you are willing to partner in the organization of the conference as a sponsor, co-sponsor or supporter, please write to me at

 Please share the enclosed announcement widely among your networks.

I also take this opportunity to invite you to the National Festival of Innovation ( FOIN) March 7-13, 2015, at The President of India House, New Delhi

Looking forward to your active participation,

Best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Anil K Gupta

 First Announcement:

Third International Conference on Creativity and Innovations at Grassroots [ICCIG], January 19-22, 2015, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

 Giving voice, visibility and velocity to creativity and innovative potential of common people at grassroots has been the key goal of inclusive development.  Honey Bee Network has emerged as a committed new social movement in support of knowledge rich, economically poor people.   In order to enrich the ecosystem for inclusive and empathetic innovations, the Third ICCIG will pool the insights from the ground and global playfields of ideas, institutions and initiatives.

 Twenty five years ago, Honey Bee Network started to raise the voice for collaboration between formal and informal sectors, respect for local/indigenous knowledge for conservation of biodiversity and associated knowledge system, sharing of benefits through ethical supply chains and recognizing, respecting, rewarding local communities and individual innovators and traditional knowledge holders.  Today, the concern for inclusive innovation has become much more widespread but the voice of the knowledge rich, economically poor people and the youth is still not heard adequately.

 We invite the young (in body and/or mind) scholars, academics, corporate leaders, policy makers, activists, administrator, local community representatives, organizational leaders, various social and cultural networks engaged in empowerment of local creativity, public and private initiatives for making society more fair and just in dealing with various segments.

 Key themes:

1.      Institutional transformation:

1.1.         Common property resource institutions play a critical role in sustainable natural resource management at all levels in society.  We need to learn from indigenous/local institutions, which have succeeded in managing resources well for so long.  The concern for conservation has been declining while designing infrastructure projects and various urban and rural interventions.  How to give voice to perfect strangers and other natural beings is becoming a big challenge for conservationists.

1.2.         Public/private, civil society institutions create norms for exchange of knowledge, information, resources and ideas across formal and informal sectors. How do we create mutuality in the norm setting processes in both the sectors?

1.3.         The crafted institutions often fail to build upon existing institutional infrastructure.  The political economy of existing institutions needs careful analysis to expand the space and scope for disadvantaged people. The grafted institutions build upon existing norms and values and therefore may have higher sustainability.  The issue needs to be debated and elaborated.

1.4.         Public delivery systems impact the life of almost every citizen world over.  The mantra of public-private partnership has broken new ground but has also sometimes led to unfair exploitation of social and natural resources.  The need for transparency and social accountability has triggered a lot of experiments and innovations in public systems.  These need to be consolidated so that the change agents involved in these transformations can ally themselves with other creative people.

 2.      Educational innovations

2.1.         How do teachers at primary or secondary school level transform educational context in government schools in which the poorer children often study, can their creativity become the hub of educational policy?

2.2.         How do we democratize the access of disadvantaged children to the high quality content and mentors?

2.3.         Can teachers learn from children, and build upon their curiosity, compassion and empathetic value system?

2.4.         The academia-industry-informal sector linkage in higher education is weak, what are the strategies which have worked?  Can model illuminate such linkages worldwide?

2.5.         Can innovations by technological youth become a pivot of frugal engineering, products and services for the inclusive development?  How can students of higher education search, spread, celebrate innovations and sense the unmet needs of various societies?

2.6.         Innovation in governance of education need to be tracked and transferred across institutional and cultural boundaries for more democratic and transparent systems.

 3.      Cultural creativity

3.1.         How does one prevent deskilling of society through large scale employment programs building upon manual rather than mental  labour ignoring in the process unique cultural and other skills?

3.2.         Can entrepreneurial open collaborative platforms be generated for nurturing folk and grassroots culture and its incorporation in developmental programmes and philosophies?

3.3.         The culture of creativity spawns numerous innovations at grassroots without which the engine of economic and social progress would not run.  What are the facilitators and inhibitors of cultural creativity in different societies?  The culture of resistance provides the fodder for pluralism and diversity.  What are the emerging trends in strengthening such resistance in the wake of globalization and massive consumerism?

3.4.         While culture occupies such an important space in our consciousness, the governance including the ministry dealing with culture is considered a very low importance position.  Nations are built or destroyed depending upon how cultural core of the society evolves through various struggles.

3.5.         Can conscious creativity be shaped by different modes of entertainment that the society patronizes? Is individual choice of entertainment now limited to the modern entertainment industry? How can we revive and encourage local modes of entertainment to conserve the diversity in forms and functions of creativity.

4.      Technological innovations

4.1.         The concept of deviant research, grassroots innovations, frugal or empathetic innovations, inclusive innovations, farmers' or workers' innovations were much less recognized 25 years ago when Honey Bee Network was born.  How do we assess the contemporary terminological and conceptual clarity or confusion in these concepts?

4.2.         To what extent have various countries recognized the need for redefining the concept of National Innovation System to include the bridge between formal and informal systems of innovations?

4.3.         Can companies and other organizations in public and private sectors join hands with innovations by youth and informal sector for creating genuine and authentic reciprocity and responsibility in the knowledge exchange?

4.4.         What can we learn from the models of benefit sharing emerging through validation and value addition in people's knowledge and creativity?  Why have these models remained so underdeveloped in most parts of the world? What are the implications of such asymmetry and lack of accountability between formal and informal system for the sustenance of grassroots frugal/empathetic  innovation systems?

4.5.         What lessons can be learnt from Indian model of inclusive innovations as evident from the experience of National Innovation Foundation [NIF] for other regions and vice versa?

4.6.         What are the gaps in the inclusive innovation ecosystem including the investment and entrepreneurial spaces in society?

4.7.         What drives people to devise extremely affordable solutions? What is the tolerance limit of trade-off between accuracy and affordability and how does it affect its accessibility and acceptability?

4.8.         What kind of new heuristics are learned from thousands of grassroots green innovations and traditional knowledge examples for innovations in totally unrelated sectors as well as for other communities? How do we learn from these innovations at four  levels: [a] artefactual, [b] analogic, [c] heuristic and [d] gestalt or configurational.

4.9.         What kind of motivations influences common people to innovate? We need to look at, both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations to derive a matrix of incentives wherein people do not have to wait only for the formal sectors to solve their problems. The idea is to create an ecosystem conducive for experimentation; alone or in partnership with communities, other innovators or scientists and technologists in formal or informal sector.

  5.      Public policy for empathetic innovation

5.1.         Many countries and companies have started open innovation platforms in the recent past but adequate reciprocity towards the knowledge providers remains to be institutionalized. What role can public policy play so that knowledge exchange between the formal and informal sectors can become smoother?

5.2.         The role of public, private and civil society organisations in development and diffusion of extremely affordable innovations remains fuzzy.  Recent studies on the subject have to be critically evaluated to identify future directions.

5.3.         The innovations in public governance and delivery systems play an important role in fueling democratic aspirations.  How have different countries looked at increasing expectations and declining performance of the formal systems? What are the lessons one can learn from China, South East Asia, Africa, Latin America and European societies which need blending for inclusive development.

 6.      Biodiversity conservation, benefit sharing and development of ethical supply chain

6.1.         Despite deliberations at inter-governmental panel at WIPO, Convention on Biological Diversity, Desert Conventions, etc., not much seems to have changed.  What are the policy directions that can help us move towards a new consensus?  Case studies of knowledge based interface between communities and outside organizations are welcome.

7.      Mind to market

7.1.         Innovative strategies for using social media, e-commerce and other platforms to link grassroots to Global [g2G] markets.

7.2.         Role of risk capital in linking innovations with enterprise.

7.3.         Protection of intellectual property rights of knowledge holders, evolution of the concept of 'Technology Commons' and open source technologies.

7.4.         The central concern would be to explore the ways in which large corporations can join hands with small innovators to reach the consumers at the base of economic pyramid.

7.5.         How does recognition and reward for innovators influence their motivation to collaborate and deal with markets collectively?

7.6.         Which of the new IP models can do justice to the need for protection and incentives for collaboration?

  8.      Innovations in urban spaces for more accessible social infrastructure

8.1.         In view of the rural to urban migration, lot of knowledge has moved to urban spaces.  The urban markets are often unable to discriminate or valorize such place-based knowledge.

8.2.         Before the erosion of knowledge becomes irreversible, what kind of strategies be developed for knowledge based enterprises in urban areas that put special emphasis on the traditional/tacit knowledge of urban workers.

 9.      Integrating women's knowledge creativity and innovations in the innovation ecosystem

9.1.         The knowledge of women and other workers has been given far lesser importance so far.  How do we expand opportunities for women and worker innovators?

9.2.         Which kind of institutional innovations facilitate the uncovering of the creative potential of women and other workers?

 10.   Coping creatively with climate change: community perceptions and innovative response for a sustainable future

10.1.      Given the erratic nature of whether induced changes in many parts of the world, the traditional coping strategies are becoming weaker.  Which kind of institutional and technological interventions are required to increase the capacity of communities in coping with climate risks?  Are there innovative models available, which have achieved enhanced resilience?

10.2.      The agro-biodiversity has played an important role in improving resilience in the wake of risks.  However, consumer preference for traditional varieties has not kept pace with time.   What are the strategies that have reversed the erosion of agro-biodiversity and associated knowledge system?

 11.   Designing organisations/social networks/open innovation platforms for linking formal and informal sector in reciprocal, respectful and mutually rewarding manner

 12.   Empathetic innovations:  Beyond reverse, emergent, open and frugal innovations

 13.   Circular economy and green supply chain to support grassroots innovators

 13.1. Why should the society turn to grassroots innovators for frugal designs? As grassroots innovators use second hand components to a large extent, their innovations are often not recognized in the formal sector, more so in the legal fraternity as standards for them do not exist. So, what are the steps necessary to "legitimize" these innovations and the impetus they would give to popularize circular economy?

The enquiries for organizing workshops, panel discussions, innovation exhibition and other activities during the conference may be sent to the secretary,  Those who wish to organize parallel sessions of their own networks alongside the conference may also write so that synergy can be exploited for creating empathetic network of networks.
Suggestions for sponsorship, co-sponsorship or funding travel and stay of the international or national participants are most welcome.

Registration fees for students Rs 500 including stay arrangements. However, in deserving cases, the fees may be waived

The last date for submission of abstracts and final proposals is November 30th, 2014; Full paper/posters/plan for a performance expected by Dec 15, 2014. pl share this announcement with others in your professional and social network.

IDSA-NPIHP Nuclear History Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships

IDSA-NPIHP Nuclear History Fellowships

The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) invites applications for the IDSA-NPIHP Nuclear History Fellowships. The Fellowship offers the opportunity for scholars and researchers from outside India to pursue short-term research at IDSA on themes pertaining to nuclear history. IDSA offers world-class facilities for research in its residential campus in New Delhi.

About the Fellowship

The IDSA-NPIHP Fellowship entails a limited number of financial grants (to cover travel and expenses), administered by the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington, D.C. The selected fellows could contribute to the IDSA-NPIHP research agenda while pursuing their individual research project related to nuclear history. The Fellowship is an opportunity to explore various archival resources in and around New Delhi and also to interact with personalities and experts associated with India's nuclear history.   

The Fellowships are open for three categories:

  1. Senior academics and eminent scholars with specialization or with ongoing research projects in nuclear history related areas;
  2. Mid-career scholars, policy analysts and faculty members working in reputed international think tanks, policy research institutes and universities with a minimum experience of five years, and with proven interest or expertise in nuclear history;
  3. Doctoral candidates in universities working on nuclear history related areas. Researchers planning to enroll for a doctoral programme with research plans on nuclear history related themes could also be considered, based on their fellowship proposals.
  • The Fellowship amount will be determined by NPHIP based on experience, nature of the research theme and proposed duration of the research work.

Duration of fellowship

The duration of the Fellowships would be three to six months. In exceptional cases, the term could be extended or shorter terms could be considered depending on the nature of the research theme and the availability of residential and office space in IDSA.

Areas of research

  • Fellows are expected to undertake research on a theme that is directly or indirectly associated with the history of India's nuclear programme.
  • In cases where the primary research area of the Fellow pertains to the nuclear history of any another country or region or about larger systemic or conceptual issues, the Fellowship proposal should be on a theme that relates to an Indian connection or case study, so as to justify the visit to New Delhi.

Programme requirements

  • Fellows must be affiliated to IDSA full-time during the course of the Fellowship.
  • Fellows are expected to write an original research paper and present the paper as part of the IDSA's Fellows' Seminar.
  • The paper will be reviewed for publication in the Institute's peer-reviewed journal, Strategic Analysis. Other publishing options like an Occasional Paper or Monograph could be considered depending on the theme and duration of the Fellowship.
  • Fellows are encouraged to write commentaries for online publication on the IDSA website, and also expected to participate in IDSA discussions, seminars and any other relevant events.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in the ongoing archival mining, oral history, publishing and other activities of the IDSA-NPIHP programme.
  • Fellows are also encouraged to share the documentary, archival and other relevant resources they collect during the course of their Fellowship with the IDSA-NPIHP programme.

Facilities to be provided

  • IDSA will offer residential facilities, office space and access to the Institute's information services.
  • There is a limited number of on-campus accommodations provided to IDSA-NPIHP Fellows during the period of their fellowship (subject to availability and usually restricted for a period of three months).
  • The Electricity/Energy charges will be charged on actual consumption basis. Fellows are required to deposit Rs 5000 as security amount.

Mode of Application

  • Applications should carry an 800-1000 word Research Proposal which explains the topic to be researched, its relevance for the IDSA-NPIHP programme, the primary research questions, methodology and timeline, etc.
  • A 500-word Statement of Purpose and Intent explaining how this Fellowship will benefit the scholar and the IDSA-NPIHP programme. The Statement should clearly state the intended fellowship period sought by the applicant.
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae
  • One published paper as writing sample (for mid-career and junior level applicants)
  • Two professional/academic references (for mid-career and junior level applicants)
  • Candidates would require a research visa for the duration of the Fellowship. If selected, IDSA will provide a letter of affiliation to enable this process. Candidates are advised to get in touch with the Indian consulate in their host countries to get more information about the process and timeline.
  • The Fellowship scheme will be an open programme during 2014-15 and beyond, depending on the availability of funds. The deadline for the first round of applications will be November 30, 2014.

Completed applications are to be mailed or emailed to:

The Director-General
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
1 Development Enclave, Rao Tula Ram Marg
Delhi Cantonment
New Delhi 110 010

(Keep a copy of your email to the IDSA-NPIHP coordinator at: