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Edited: 11/15/2011 4:39 PM
Brian Blanton
How can the Social Science aspects harness a data network?


In the context of the proposed network construct for our coastal SRN,  it is critical for social sciences to drive much of the challenge question discussion.  


Can this be through bona fide agent-based simulations?  If so, who can be approached to lead?  

Posted: 11/16/2011 10:24 AM
Donna Kain
From a communications standpoint, some questions we may want to consider include:
 
What information do people need to understand the issues and make decisions? In what forms is that information most accessible and comprehensible?
 
What information is currently available about vulnerabilities and potential impacts of SLR and GCC exacerbated SLR, particularly localized information in the case study areas? Who generates the information and to whom is it available? How is it being used?
 
What information is publicly available and who accesses that? Is the media involved in in information dissemination and at what levels? What triggers media attention to issues?
 
What perspectives are presented to and generated by various stakeholder groups (e.g. business community, EM, governmental bodies, environmental groups, etc.)? What are the diffenreces?
 
What are the major impediments (including risk perception problems) to stakeholder groups and publics using information to make decisions and take actions?
 
In what forms will information we generate be most accessible, comprehensible, and usable for stakeholder groups and publics? 
 
Some of the communication questions relate to what people understand; some to what information people need to act; and some focus on usability of information--how can information and dissemination be improved so that it's useful for action. We might also consider mapping flows, or networks, of communication to see where there are bottlenecks and/or communication problems that lead to lack of information flow through, misudertandings and misconcpetions, and/or conflicts between interests based on the ways information is framed.  
 
Considerable scholarship is available on risk perceptin and communication, presentation of GCC information and the problems there, and public recption of science that we can use as a foundation.
 
Approaches to data collection have to be considered. Surveys are a possibility as are document-based semi-structured interviews; usability testing for infomraiton we generate; and document collection (media, government, stakeholder communications, etc.) We can probably model the flows/networks of communication.
Posted: 11/16/2011 10:35 AM
Donna

I don't think the spell-checker is working--sorry!
Posted: 11/16/2011 3:26 PM
Poornima Madhavan
Yesterday Tom Allen mentioned an ODU faculty member David Earnest who does agent-based modeling work. We (Larry, Burton & I) met with David this morning and his work seems like a nice bridge between the social science work that Burton & I talked about yesterday and the natural science data. David is putting together a brief description of his agent-based modeling work. I'll send it to the group when it becomes available.