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What is the AoC?

The AoC is an open exchange platform for data and code related to complexity theory. It is a repository that promotes reproducibility and reuse of essential research materials and findings.

Why the AoC?

At the core of complexity theory is the promise that far reaching laws of complex dynamics are operating among very diverse phenomena, from cosmic origins, to weather patterns, to embryonic development, to economic fluctuations, to the composition of music.  Evidence for this comes from decades of theoretical research, observations and experiments. However, despite a long list of interesting theories about particular complex systems, a universal definition and metric for complexity continues to evade consensus. The overall goal of the AoC is to preserve and reuse scientific findings (in this case, code for computing complexity metrics and a diversity of interesting datasets) in order to nucleate an empirically-grounded and ongoing discussion about the generic aspects of complexity wherever it may be found, and a definition of complexity that enjoys some degree of consensus. The AoC is a catalyst, accelerating the search for a deep theory of complexity.

Who Built the AoC?

The AoC was conceived in the Biosemantics Group, Leiden University Medical Center and the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science. FlyingKiwi designed and built the platform.

Who Funded the AoC?

Principal funding was provided by the John Templeton Foundation, via The Science and Significance of Complexity program.