Blog news

From time to time we report news about the blog here. For general information about the blog see the ‘About’ page.

October 12, 2021: Median views of blog posts over their lifetime is now more than 700. See the latest blog statistics at https://i2insights.org/blog-statistics/. Every three months we review how the blog is progressing in strengthening a global network of researchers who share ways of better understanding and acting on complex societal and environmental problems. The statistics to end September 2021 are now available.

September 30, 2021: We have added “teamwork” as a new main topic in categories, and removed the previous main topic “participation” – see https://i2insights.org/index/additional-information-about-the-index/. Where appropriate, blog posts categorised under “participation” have been reindexed under “stakeholder engagement” and/or “teamwork.”

September 13, 2021: We have added “stakeholder engagement” as a new main topic in categories, and removed the previous main topic “stakeholders” – see https://i2insights.org/index/additional-information-about-the-index/. Where appropriate, blog posts categorised under “stakeholders” have been reindexed under “stakeholder engagement.”

September 2, 2021: We have implemented a carousel at the top of the home page. This allows two blog posts to be featured for a week, which is important when we publish two rather than one post in a week. Feedback welcome (eg is it rotating too fast).

September 2, 2021: We are implementing a carousel today. Please bear with us if there are disruptions. The reason for the carousel is that when we publish two blog posts in a week, it allows both to be featured at the top of the home page for a whole week.

August 26, 2021: Blog posts from September International Transdisciplinarity conference. Starting today and for the next two weeks we’ll be publishing a second blog post each week that provides a taste of the presentations that will be available online at the 2021 International Transdisciplinarity conference (September 13-17) – see https://akademien-schweiz.ch/en/current/events/itd-conference-2021/

August 23, 2021: Update on indexing the blog. We are steadily working our way though defining the terms used, but we’re not finished yet. In addition, we’re changing two of the categories. The categories “participation” and “stakeholders” are being phased out, and “stakeholder engagement” and “team work” are being phased in.

August 6, 2021: We have changed which posts we highlight on the bottom of the home page. We were highlighting posts on specific topics such as education, participation and integration. Now we are highlighting posts re-advertised in the last month. These are usually 2-3 years old, but still very relevant and worth reminding viewers about.

July 16, 2021: 435 authors from 42 countries have contributed blog posts, with first time contributors in 2021 from Belgium, Bolivia, Egypt and Turkey. See the latest blog statistics to end June 2021.

July 6, 2021: Blog post leads to Nature article! Congratulations to Katrin Prager whose blog post “Do we need diversity science?” led to an invitation to write a career column “Seek diversity to solve complexity” for the prestigious journal Nature.

July 1, 2021: We’re updating the advanced search ‘tag selector.’ This will cause some temporary disruptions on July 1 through July 8, 2021, so please bear with us. We are removing author names from the list of tags and putting them into their own list. If you notice any problems outside of the change-over dates, please let us know.

April 26, 2021: The blog index list of terms and definitions is now on BioPortal, under Integration and Implementation Sciences Vocabulary. BioPortal is “the world’s most comprehensive repository of biomedical ontologies.” We were delighted to be invited to contribute and anticipate that the i2Insights vocabulary will be useful for those undertaking interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, systems and related work on complex biomedical, social and environmental problems.

We have not yet completed the re-indexing process for blog posts published between 2015 and 2019, which involves reviewing the tags assigned to them and defining tags that are not already included in the index. The vocabulary on BioPortal will be updated when this is done.

March 10, 2021: Our most popular blog post tops 100K lifetime views! See: A guide to ontology, epistemology and philosophical perspectives for interdisciplinary researchers by Katie Moon and Deborah Blackman, which has now been viewed more than 100,000 times.

February 25, 2021: Have something to say? You don’t have be invited to contribute a blog post or comment. See our “guidelines for authors” and the new “guidelines for commenters.”

January 28, 2021: Double delight! New blog posts twice a week in February! We’ll be publishing great new contributions each Tuesday and Thursday (Australian time). You can get an e-mail notification each time a new blog post is published by “following” the blog (see the sidebar, sixth box down from the top).

December 22, 2020: We are having a break. Next blog post will be published on January 5, 2021.

November 17, 2020: Advanced Search option now available! Search on blog post titles and body text, category and tag text, and comments. Gives more exact outputs than the basic search option. Advanced search is located at: https://i2insights.org/advanced-search/ and in the sidebar.

November 5, 2020: The blog is 5 years old today! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to make it a success.

October 12, 2020: 373 authors from 36 countries have contributed blog posts; see the latest blog statistics to end September 2020.

August 14, 2020: We are half-way through reviewing and defining the tags used to index the blog posts. To see the completed tags (and categories), check out the list of terms with definitions.

July 14, 2020: 352 authors from 35 countries have contributed blog posts, see the latest blog statistics to end-June 2020.

May 23, 2020: We upgraded the i2Insights blog today. There is still some tidying up to do and that may mean the blog has to go offline again for short periods over the next few days.

May 14, 2020: We are planning to upgrade the i2Insights blog on Saturday May 23th and Sunday May 24th 2020, which means it will be unavailable for several hours on those days.

This is a major step in improving the look of the blog which unforeseen circumstances have caused us to delay a couple of times. Fingers crossed that we can proceed on our planned dates and that it goes smoothly. You may notice changes to some of the pages in the lead-up to May 23-24.

Changes inevitably produce glitches, so please bear with us. We would be grateful if you would let us know about any problems with this website that you come across.

We are currently also re-indexing the blog, working on the final large step of revising the ‘tags’. This is happening incrementally and we hope will be completed by the end of 2020. You can see what we’ve done so far on the ‘Index’ pages.

April 24, 2020: As described below, we had hoped to improve the look of the blog in the first quarter of 2020. While we have made substantial progress with preparations, this has not been possible, but we hope it will happen in the next few months. Work on the index is progressing as planned.

March 16, 2020: The index is temporarily unavailable. Fixed on 17 March 2020.

January 7, 2020: We have finished recategorising blog posts using ‘main topics.’ Resource types and main topics are two categories used to index each blog post. We are now in the process of updating the ‘tags’ used for each blog post, including providing definitions on the ‘Index’ page. The aim is to provide tags with definitions for each blog post as it is published in 2020 (and beyond) and to gradually revisit and update, where necessary, tags in past blog posts.

December 28, 2019: We have finished recategorising blog posts using ‘resource types’ and are now adding a new parent category of ‘main topics.’

December 22, 2019: We have produced an index, with definitions and examples of the resource types that are used to describe the blog posts.

December 13, 2019: We have started recategorising blog posts, using the following ‘resource types’: cases, concepts, frameworks, methods, processes, state-of-the-blog, theories, toolkits.

December 9, 2019: In the November/December i2S News, we foreshadowed improving the look of the blog over the Christmas – New Year break. That has turned out not to be feasible because of circumstances beyond our control and we now plan to make the changes in the first quarter of 2020.

Thanks: Many thanks to Caryn Anderson for valuable advice in how to re-index the blog.