Michele Coscia - Connecting Humanities

Michele Coscia I am a post-doc fellow at the Center for International Development, Harvard University in Cambridge. I mainly work on mining complex networks, and on applying the extracted knowledge to international development and governance. My background is in Digital Humanities, i.e. the connection between the unstructured knowledge and the cold organized computer science. I have a PhD in Computer Science, obtained in June 2012 at the University of Pisa. In my career, I also worked at the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University, with Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. On this website you can browse my papers, algorithms and datasets with the top navigation, or simply skim my blog posts that briefly present my topics and papers below this box.

03 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Hello World!

I tried to find a smart title for my first post here, but I found the default WordPress option very suitable for my computer science-ish background.

Why am I starting this blog? Well, I firmly believe that science should be connected to everyday life. I also believe that what I am doing may be interesting and useful to improve the above mentioned everyday life. Finally, I think that to read one of my papers directly will provide little or no contribution to the community, given my total inability to write scientifically (and even non-scientifically) and the obscure link between an algorithm that I have developed and the science that makes your refrigerator or iPad work day after day.

So, here we are: the idea of this blog is to provide, hopefully, some interesting content. The fixed sections of the website are for the people who want to read directly the published paper, or to download the datasets and/or the algorithms I have developed. These posts, instead, will provide quick, dirty and informal descriptions of my papers and of everything I find interesting and worth noticing. If you ever read a scientific paper and, at the end, you found yourself asking “So what?”, the blog is the place to find the answer. At least for my papers.

The updates are meant to be regular, but don’t expect them to be frequent! If I spend all my working hours writing this blog I’ll run out of quality material. Plus I may get fired, and that’s not nice.