feature of the IISS web page is the open online project development procedure.
projects with a systems science approach or content may be posted on the web
page for collaborative development.
principle, all scientifically sound projects may be posted as open online
IISS-projects as most scientific reasoning will contain a systems science basis
(see also goals).
I expect that the posted projects will share one or more of the following characteristics:
investigates on the nature of a complex biological, social or economic system.
favours interdisciplinary contributions and exchange.
aims at the development of innovative theoretical models.
IISS-projects may have different goals, such as:
online development of a systems science theory of a specific phenomenon in
nature or society
development may eventually lead to a scientific publication, provided that the
majority of the contributors (see weighted voting procedure) decide to present
a theory in a more completed form.
of an innovative and interdisciplinary scientific approach in order to initiate
a scientists or scientists-industry working group After initial
presentation, contributors may choose at any time point through a weighted
voting procedure to withdraw public posting of the project and proceed with non-public
development of the project.
The online development process follows the following rules:
decision to post a project is to Albert Rübben, the owner and principal editor of
the web page. Request to post a project should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. By sending a request for a project or a contribution to a posted project the contributor confirms that he has all
necessary legal rights, including, without limitation, intellectual property
rights, to the material and information he transmits or sends to Albert Rübben.
project is initially owned by the primary contributor.
Additional contributions to a posted IISS-project should be send to the principal editor by email at project@IISS-aachen.de . If the contribution demonstrates sufficient scientific quality, the principal editor forwards the contribution to the primary contributor, who decides whether to allow a second contribution to be added to the
posted project. In this case, the second contributor becomes a co-owner of the
In a project owned by multiple contributors, further project development
proceeds through open and transparent discussion of the contributors together
with the principal editor and decisions are taken through a weighted voting procedure.
weight of each owner is not fixed. It depends on the sequence rang of his
contribution to the posted project and the number of his contributions as well
as of the overall number of contributions.
weight of each contributor is calculated by the following algorithm. When the
number of contributors increases by one to n,
weight of the last contributor in percent is: 100/(n*n)
weight of the penultimate contributor is: 100/(n*n)+100/((n*(n-1)) the voting
weight of the last but two contributor is: 100/(n*n)+100/((n*(n-1))+100/((n*(n-2))
the next contributor has a voting weight of 100/(n*n)+100/((n*(n-1))+100/((n*(n-2))
And so on. For
multiple contributions of one contributor, all voting weights are added.
Figure 1 demonstrates how the voting weight of each contributor changes with each additional contribution up to a total of 10 contributions of 10 contributors.
The contributors may choose at any time point through a weighted
voting procedure to withdraw public posting of the project.
The principal editor, Albert
Rübben, reserves the right to change, supplement, or delete some or all of the
information of a posted project, even without notice to the contributors.
The principal editor, Albert
Rübben, also reserves the right to temporarily or permanently discontinue the
The principal editor will not forward a contribution to an IISS-project towards a third party without consent of the contributor.
Nevertheless, the principal editor, Albert Rübben,
representations or warranties of any kind about the safeguarding of the
intellectual property contained within the contributions and the posted
IISS-projects. Any contribution a contributor directs to the IISS
website is therefore strictly at the contributors own risk.
The principal editor highly recommendsto file a patentbefore sending a contribution to an IISS-project which may contain patentable intellectual property as posting of the contribution on the internet will immediately abolish patentability.