Toward a Self-referential Collective Intelligence Some Philosophical Background of the IEML Research Program

  • Pierre Lévy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5796)


The IEML research program promotes a radical innovation in the notation and processing of semantics. IEML (Information Economy MetaLanguage) is a regular language that provides new methods for semantic interoperability, semantic navigation, collective categorization and self-referential collective intelligence. This research program is compatible with the major standards of the Web of data and is in tune with the current trends in social computing.

The paper explains the philosophical relevance of this new language, including the role of media and symbolic systems in human cognition, the hope of a scientific revolution in humanities and the perspective of a leap in human collective intelligence thank to its possible self-reference in the mirror of cyberspace.


collective intelligence IEML semantic space semantic tagging semantic interoperability metalanguage Web of data philosophy 


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  • Pierre Lévy
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  1. 1.Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada Research Chair in Collective IntelligenceUniversity of OttawaCanada

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