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A Cognitive City ® for Climate Change

Organizing research to be interdisciplinary

Climate-KIC, an innovation initiative by the European Union, envisions a prosperous, resilient society built on a sustainable, zero-carbon economy. It is a fundamentally interdisciplinary challenge. Solutions incorporate natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, architecture, and urban planning, to name a few.

Being so interdisciplinary is a challenge unto itself. Climate-KIC offers research grants all over the EU. It seeks teams with the most potential to have an impact. But the community lacked a context for knowing with whom and how they should collaborate in unfamiliar fields.

Climate-KIC’s Cognitive City is the bridge between the vision and the approaches required to achieve it. It makes the community known to itself and to funders. It reveals algorithmically-driven suggestions about who should collaborate and why. It facilitates interdisciplinary connections that could take too long to discover if left to traditional methods.

A Cognitive City ® for Public Health

Getting specific answers from global research

A global NGO is using data to crack the code of healthcare policy. They want to know which interventions work and where, so aid can have its intended impact. They started with hundreds of researchers and decades of data about every country in the world compiled in spreadsheets and databases.

They are using the Cognitive City to build interdisciplinary research teams with complementary differences. Data applications also support analysis about which countries have similar public health patterns.

Now the NGO can make data-driven decisions about who should work together. Its diverse research community can share data and insight based on common context they did not know they had. In this way, their limited resources can do the most good.

A Cognitive City ® for PTSD

Doing Research at Scale to Accelerate Progress

Cohen Veterans Bioscience wants to speed up discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for veterans and civilians suffering from PTSD. While traditional research pipelines march onward, new approaches to data and collaboration at scale are needed to accelerate progress. So CVB organizes a network of public-private partners that each contribute data, technology, or expertise.

CVB worked with Exaptive to expose connections in the vast data sources available to them and to facilitate connections among the people involved in the PTSD/TBI research community. Exaptive built a Cognitive City for CVB, including data applications that aid research. CVB can understand and leverage data, projects, and people to find untapped research paths and identify potential collaborators.

A Cognitive City ® for a Global NGO

Helping innovators be as innovative as possible

A multi-billion dollar NGO has hundreds of employees involved in change movements all over the world. That makes it hard to transfer knowledge effectively between departments and throughout the organization. It knows that exchange of knowledge and cross-fertilization is how to be innovative and stay innovative. But typical knowledge management software and networking does not suffice.

Exaptive’s Cognitive City gives leaders at the organization a view of the whole and how it is interconnected. They can see people and projects that ought to connect and team leaders can facilitate the connection. The City also elucidates counterintuitive, untapped collaborations that circulate knowledge and drive new ways of doing things.

Success and size can create silos and restrict the unconventional thinking that got you there in the first place. By actively facilitating exaptation as a mental model, this NGO is innovating internally to make sure it innovates for a better world.

A Cognitive City ® for Integrative Medicine

Showing the world How Much You Do

A small nonprofit is a hub for innovative research and treatment in nontraditional medicine. They are coordinating, aggregating, and funding research at prestigious medical institutions about how yoga, acupuncture, tai chi, and many other disciplines, impact healthcare positively.

Understanding the impressive network of institutions, researchers, and publications they support is a challenge. Conveying that value to funders and the public seemed out of reach.

A Cognitive City portrayed the landscape of their good work on their website for stakeholders and the public to explore. Seeing their connections and body of work as a network provided new ways to literally show the strength of their community.

The application is deployed on the Osher Center’s website. Researchers and clinicians can quickly search for and find new thought leaders and collaborators. Patients can find clinicians and clinical centers that specialize in their treatment options, and explore areas of research relevant to conditions of interest.

A Cognitive City ® for a Research Hospital

Connecting the Present, Past, and Future of Medical Practice

An Ivy League medical school is the hub for impressive and exciting work in medicine all over the world. But they do not want to survive on prestige alone. They want students, alumni, and employees to know their prestige is earned and to see the network of possibility the school has to offer.

A Cognitive City shows everyone in the world how far the school’s network of students, researchers, and alumni can reach.

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