Currently complicated state of national social capital and social cohesion in general requires analytical research efforts to explore the driving processes. This research project aims to analyse and model impact of cultural events that considerably contribute to the formation of individual and societal states affecting social capital and social cohesion as well. In this way, the project pursues creation of a modelling tool that would allow not only to promote understanding and simulation of the underlying processes but also could be applied as a decision support and recommendation system for the cultural policy formation.

For that matter this multidisciplinary project seeks to develope (i) unique quantitative measuring metrics, (ii) conceptual model and, (iii) agent-based simulation model. Proposed approach would shed a new light on dynamics of social capital and social cohesion that is taking polace on the verge of global convergence and local polarization.

Admittedly, cultural participation and usage of its products and servises has a profound effect on the development of personality. However, there is still a lack of thorough multidisciplinary research efforts not only in Lithuania but also in the EU, that would analyze direct and indirect relations between cultural events and social capital and social cohesion as well. This is a very wide area of research, which untill recently has been dominated by the qualitative research. Thus, this project proposes a leading edge quantitative research to model dynamics of social capital and social cohesion in the context of cultural industries, creativity and culture in general.

Project‘s outlines well correspond with the guidelines of National cultural policy formation, National advancement program 2014-2020 and National advancement strategy 2030. However, research metrics, methods and models developed during the project will have a universal nature that can be applicable for other regions and countries as well.

Objective and Tasks

Main goal is development of the measuring metrics, conceptual and agent-based simulation model aimed at investigation of the social impact of cultural processes. It implies such consecutive project’s tasks:

1. Conceptual modelling of social impact to the cultural processes (events, agents and objects) using CIDOC-CRM methodic.

2. Development of a novel metrics for the quantitative measuring of social capital and social cohesion.

3. Standardized ODD protocol (used for the development of the agent-based simulation tools) employment for the detailed (technical) description of the conceptual model.

4. Algorithmization and mathematical modelling using the detailed (technical) ODD description.

5. Selection and adaptation of an agent-based simulation platform (e.g. RepastNetLogoJADE , etc.) for the programming implementation of the mathematical model.

6. Simulation model setup and investigation under various parameters and marginal conditions.

7. Hypothesis testing, e.g. existence of a local polarization in the context of global convergence, existence of the indirect relation between cultural processes and social capital (and social cohesion), etc.

8. Investigation of possibilities to adapt some communication and self-organization principles from the OSIMAS simulation paradigm (like wavelike interaction interface between agents and common information mean-field approach).

9. Testing of the measuring metrics and simulation model in order to create a functional prototype using real cultural events data from Lithuania.

10. Interactive virtual lab development (V-lab), providing open web access for testing and dispersion of the model’s results.

11. Preparation of the final report, edited volume of articles in the ISI WOS journal, organization of the international conference and publishing conference proceedings.

Main Information

Proposal registration No.: P-MIP-17-368

Project title: Social Impact of Cultural Processes: Development of Metrics, Conceptual and Simulation Model

Beginning of the project: 01-09-2017

Closing of the project: 30-12-2019

Number of project partners
from Lithuania1
from abroad2

Deadline for submission of the interim report: 08-10-2018

Deadline for submission of the final report: 31-03-2020 

Budget (EUR): 102397