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Andrea Scharnhorst

  • PhD
  • DARIAH Chief Officer of Integration
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen
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Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst is Head of Research at DANS and member of the e-humanities group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam. Her work focuses on modelling and simulating the emergence of innovations (new modes of behavior and learning, forms of communication, technologies or scientific ideas) in social systems. She has worked on transfer of concepts and methods at an interface between physics and social sciences and humanities. Dr. Scharnhorst has developed a specific framework (Geometrically Oriented Evolutionary THEories) to describe processes of problem solving and learning as an evolutionary search process in unknown knowledge landscapes. She coordinated and participated in several EU- and national funded projects, such as “Web indicators for scientific, technological and innovation research”,”Competence and innovation in research networks - modeling self-organized learning of heterogeneous agents”, “Dissimilar simulation – the epistemics of simulation in the humanities” and “Critical Events in Evolving Networks”. Currently, she coordinates the Computational Humanities Programme at the e-humanities group of the KNAW. She leads the working group “Information and Knowledge” of the COST action MP0801 “Physics of Competition and Conflicts”. Together with Andreas Pyka she edited a book on “Innovation networks” (2009), a special issue together with Katy Börner on “ Science of Science” in the Journal of Informetrics (2009), and another special issue on "Modeling science: studying the structure and dynamics of science" (together with Katy Börner, Wolfgang Glänzel and Peter van den Besselaar). Another book on "Models of Science Dynamics - Encounters Between Complexity Theory and Information Sciences (co-edited with Katy Börner and Peter van den Besselaar) appears in 2011.



Editorial Board Member

2009 - Present

Recent publications

  • Lost or found? Discovering data needed for research

    • Gregory K
    • Groth P
    • Scharnhorst A
    • et al.
  • Observing trajectories of KOSs Across Space and Time: The DANS KOS Observatory (KOSo)

    • Coen G
    • Smiraglia R
    • Doorn P
    • et al.

Professional experience

DARIAH Chief Officer of Integration

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

December 2016 - Present

Head of Research

Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences, Data Archiving and Networked Services (KNAW-DANS)

June 2011 - Present

Senior research fellow

Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences, e-humanities group

January 2011 - June 2016(5 years)

Senior Research Fellow

Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences, The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS-KNAW)

January 2006 - December 2010(5 years)

Senior researcher at Nerdi

Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences, Netherlands Institute for Information Services (NIWI-KNAW)

September 2001 - December 2005(4 years)


PhD Philosophy

Humboldt University of Berlin

September 1984 - June 1988(4 years)

Physics Diploma

Humboldt University of Berlin

September 1979 - July 1984(5 years)


Co-authors (111)