What is Collective Intelligence?


Collective intelligence describes the knowledge embedded within societies or large groups of individuals. In its explicit form, collective intelligence appears to be the knowledge gathered and recorded by many people, a model being Wikipedia, which is a repository of content that has been refined through the contributions of thousands of authors. Collective intelligence also accounts for intelligence that is generated implicitly simply through an individual’s clicking patterns and other activities online. On the whole, collective intelligence is a phenomenon made possible by the internet that can be used to educate humanity as well as inform profit-seeking stakeholders about what people know and do in the modern era.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to academic and research libraries?

  • in a research library the accumulation and growth of knowledge via collective intelligence is very important - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph May 2, 2014
  • cognitive analytics (ie. computer driven) has positive implications for researchers working across big data sets when the program learns behaviours and preferences over time to target information (eg. facial recognition technology applied to large photo archives, audiovisual search / video content recognition and archive retrieval) [user:mylee.joseph|1399025164]]
  • Wikipedia as the public face of research / helping scholars and academics to profile their work via the encyclopedia (eg. University of California, Berkeley Wikipedian in Residence to help students and academics expose their scholarship to a wider audience.) - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph May 2, 2014 - jorlowitz jorlowitz May 11, 2014
  • Academic Library should develop collective intelligent among the academia in the university as a database that can be shared on a particuar knowledge Jefrina May 11, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?


(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on academic and research libraries?

  • there are issues associated with provenance, copyright and IP / attribution of this type of information and also in exporting and archiving this type of content - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph May 2, 2014
  • cognitive analytics and collective intelligence applied to common activities like compiling a literature review could radically change the scope and role of these tasks in the research process - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph May 2, 2014
  • funding and hosting of new as well as established knowledge platforms (bold example: Wikipedia funded and technically supported by the British Library) - mila mila May 5, 2014Jefrina May 11, 2014

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