Information Asymmetry Reduction in Open Team Science for Socio-environmental Cases

  1. Core FS
  2. Core FR①
  3. Core FR②
  4. Core FR③


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KONDO Yasuhisa


Yasuhisa Kondo has worked for six years as an associate professor at the Information Resources Division of the RIHN Center. His academic background is archaeology and geographical information sciences (Ph.D. 2010 The University of Tokyo). He is currently interested in open science, participatory action research, and transdisciplinary research promotion for environmental archaeology and socioenvironmental cases. He is also coordinating an archaeological mission to Oman.

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Researchers at RIHN
NAKAHARA SatoeResearcher
SUETSUGU SatokoResearch Associate
Main Members
KANO KeiShiga University/Social Dialogue Skills Laboratory
NAKASHIMA Ken’ichiroHiroshima University
ŌNISHI HideyukiDoshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
OSAWA TakeshiTokyo Metropolitan University
MIYATA AkihiroThe University of Tokyo
OKUDA NoboruKyoto University
OTA KazuhikoRIHN
SHIMIZU JunkoTama Art University
VIENNI BAPTISTA, BiancaETH Zurich, Switzerland

Backgrounds and Objectives

Social issues caused by environmental deterioration present complex and multidimensional problems for science. To address such wicked problems, solution-oriented research has involved research experts from different domains (interdisciplinarity) and also practitioners such as governments, funders, industries, non-profit organizations, and civil members (transdisciplinarity). However, such team science is often disrupted by asymmetric information, knowledge, wisdom, value, socio-economic status, and power among above-mentioned actors. This Core Project develops a methodology to reduce (rather than dissolve) such socio-psychological asymmetry for the sake of more efficient transdisciplinary (TD) collaboration.


To develop the methodology, this project interlinks the concept of open science, as an open scientific knowledge production system, with a TD approach to boundary spanning by transforming in-between spaces into “our” epistemic living spaces. Technically, boundary spanning can be achieved by a combination of (1) considering ethical equity with special attention to empowering marginalized (or “small voice”) actors; (2) building trust by securing transparency in the research process, by applying the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) Principles for research data and information for instance; (3) facilitating dialogue; and (4) discovering and sharing the goals that actors with different interests can tackle together (transcend) where necessary. Civic Tech can be applied as a holistic approach, in which civic engineers develop a solution to local issues by using disclosed data and information and communication technologies. This proposed methodology is cyclically assessed and improved through practical case studies, with special interest in developing a method to measure participants’ perceptual transformation through interventions.

Expected results

At the completion of the project, we expect to establish the OpenTS methodology by successfully interlinking open science and TD theories, with new knowledge about effective (and ineffective) combinations of visualization and dialogue tools such as graphic recording, and with qualitative and quantitative methods to measure the effect of boundary spanning.

The project has two major interfaces of social outputs. The Research Group will make suggestions for national and international open science policies, while the Practice Group will contribute to community-based policymaking and social startups for the sustainable waterweed recycling in Lake Biwa and built heritage management in Oman.

Graphic recording during the workshop in Otsu, Shiga (February 2020).

Graphic recording during the workshop in Otsu, Shiga
(February 2020).

On-site experiment of the Biwapoint local electric acknowledgement system at the occasion of waterweed cleaning on the shore of Lake Biwa.

On-site experiment of the Biwapoint local electric acknowledgement system at the occasion of waterweed cleaning on the shore of Lake Biwa.