About ISCSS

Mission

The International Society for Computational Social Science (ISCSS) is committed to advancing path-breaking research at the intersection of the computational, experimental, social, and behavioral sciences. Comprised of multidisciplinary researchers from around the globe, the Society’s main purpose is to organize and manage the annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC²S²).

Beyond this mission, ISCSS plans to expand to oversee:

  • Dissemination of research results and advances in the field of CSS;
  • Maintenance of a dedicated website and mailing list for publicizing academic advances;
  • Publication journal(s) and/or preprint archive for CSS research;
  • Development and dissemination of a CSS teaching curriculum;
  • Engagement in charitable activities; and
  • Partnership with other organizations interested in supporting work in the field of CSS.

History

In the early 2000s, a new field at the intersection of the computational and social sciences began to take shape. Unlike in the years before, when computational research was limited to agent-based simulations and models, a novel style of investigation made use of digital data and methods from computer science to advance work in social science.

This style of research was rebranded into a cohesive discipline in the 2009 paper “Life in the network: the coming age of computational social science,” authored by ISCSS Secretary David Lazer and other key figures in the emerging field. For the first time, researchers from across disciplines began to refer to themselves as computational social scientists.

In 2015, a group of these researchers, led by Santo Fortunato, organized the first in a series of annual meetings which would come to be known as the International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC²S²). A diverse group of researchers convened in Helsinki to discuss topics at the forefront of CSS, developing the program for conferences to come.

The ISCSS articles of incorporation were submitted on July 9th, 2021, with the aim of overseeing these conferences. The Society fosters cooperation amongst organizers and establishes institutional guardrails and processes. In the future, the Society aims to serve as a source of support and leadership for the broader CSS community.