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Andrea Scharnhorst

Royal Netherland Academy for Arts and Science

Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst is Head of e-Research at the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) institution in the Netherlands - a large digital archive for research data primarily from the social sciences and humanities. She is also member of the e-humanities group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, where she coordinates the computational humanities programme.

She has a background in physics (Diploma in Statistical Physics) and in philosophy of science (PhD on the application of mathematical models to the science system as self-organizing system). Her work focuses on understanding, modeling and simulating the emergence of innovations. Hereby, innovations are understood broadly as e.g., new modes of behavior and learning, new forms of communication, new technologies or new scientific ideas. She has worked on the transfer of concepts and methods at an interface between physics; social sciences and humanities. More recently she analyzed the structure and emergence of knowledge orders as visible in library classification systems or the category network of Wikipedia.