MINET Technical Paper published

June 30, 2010

L. R. Pendrill et al have successfully published a paper in the journal Measure in June 2010:

L. R. Pendrill et al (2010), “Measurement with Persons: A European Network”, Measure5(2), 42 – 54.

The paper focusses on the technical aspects and discussions of the MINET project, and also introduces the projects funded under the Measuring the Impossible EU FP6 programme.

Click here to view the paper.


Newsletter 6

January 29, 2010

 MINET Newsletter 6 is now available.

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MINET Conference

January 11, 2010

The E-MINET members area has now been updated with the conference digest, presentations and photos from the MINET conference.

The digest and presentations are available to view to E-MINET members, by following this link.

Non-E-MINET members can sign up here. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes.

Photos are available on the MINET workshop events area.


July 16, 2009

What can be measured? This is a key question for measurement in general and particularly for the measurement of quantities related to human perception and interpretation. Very recently, the following measurability criterion has been proposed (Rossi G B, Measurement 40 (2007) 545-562). A general procedure for ensuring the measurability of a characteristic comprises the following steps:

  1. Define the class of objects that manifest the characteristic
  2. Identify the empirical properties that define the characteristic
  3. Construct a reference measurement scale, that is select a set of standard objects “representative” of the possible manifestations of the characteristic and assign to each of them a measure that complies with empirical relations
  4. Find at least one empirical procedure for assigning measures to elements not included in the reference scale that comply with empirical relations.

It is therefore suggested that a characteristic x is measurable if it is possible for the above procedure to be satisfactorily applied to it .

What do you think of this proposal? How does it compare with your current knowledge and understanding of this subject, with your professional experience and with your vision?
Feedback and comments are warmly encouraged.

Please leave a comment here.

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May 26, 2009

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MINET Workshop 3 Announcement

January 20, 2009

Measuring the Impossible
3rd Workshop

Wageningen, The Netherlands, May 14th-15th, 2009

Workshop objectives

The third “Measuring the Impossible” workshop is one of a series of events organised within the framework of the MINET (Measuring the Impossible NETwork) project. The workshop is open to members of MtI projects and to anyone with an interest in research in this area.

This workshop will focus on the presentation and discussion of methods and research in the following areas:

  • psychometrics
  • psychophysics
  • human perception
  • neuroscience, including fMRI
  • physical/physiological measurements including vision and audio
  • modelling including pattern recognition/machine learning/reasoning
  • measurement theory

For the call for papers , registration details, venue and accommodation information, and local organisers details please visit https://minet.wordpress.com/events/workshop3.

Related events

Think Tank D, 13 May 2009

MINET Think Tank D on the subject of Decision Making and Impact Assessment will take place in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on 13 May 2009. For more information see: www.measuringimpossible.net

4th Measuring the Impossible Workshop, November 2009, London (UK).

More information will soon be available on the MINET website: www.measuringimpossible.net

Presentations from MINET training Course 2008

January 20, 2009

Presentations from the MINET training course 2008 are available to download. You must be a member of e-MINET to gain access (signup to e-MINET here).

Go to the presentations.

Announcement of Think Tank C

July 10, 2008

Measurement uncertainty when measuring the impossible

Rome, October 9 – 10, 2008

The Rome Think Tank Event is the third in a series of four meetings organised in the framework of the MINET (Measuring the Impossible NETwork) project.

The Rome Think Tank will revolve around a crucial topic of measurement in general and especially for Measuring the Impossible (MtI), i.e., how to detect, determine and express uncertainty. Uncertainty is a common ground for physical, psychological and social measurement and the expression of an increasing convergence between the so called hard and soft sciences, yet it is not often treated with the necessary awareness.

The Think Tank Event will be an occasion for dialogue and interdisciplinary scientific communication between, the metrological community which has championed the issue of uncertainty for years, and, scientists engaged in measuring the impossible in the various application fields. Such a dialogue will take place through discussions in plenum, working groups, and an educational lecture by a scholar in this field.

For full details on this event, please click here


Summary Programme


OCTOBER 9th, 2008: Afternoon (2.30pm – 5.00pm)



3.10pm – 4.00pm    EDUCATIONAL LECTURE

– LEONARDO CANNAVÒ, University “La Sapienza” of Rome

“Uncertain Measures? A Comparison between Causal and Systemic Sciences from the Viewpoint of an Applied Methodologist”

4.15pm – 5.00pm    DISCUSSIONS IN PLENUM


OCTOBER 10TH, 2008: Morning (9.00am – 1.00pm)





12.30pm – 1.00pm    CONCLUSIONS




Please confirm your participation in the Think Tank secretariat by e-mail (minet@scienzecittadinanza.org) or fax (+39-06-45435683)

Registration is free of charge. The final deadline for registration is September 15th, 2008.


The local organiser of Think Tank Event C is LSC: Alessandra Cancedda: minet@scienzecittadinanza.org & Maresa Berliri: Postmaster@scienzecittadinanza.org

Workpackage 3 Coordinator is Leslie Pendrill, Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP), leslie.pendrill@sp.se

Announcement of MINET Workshop 2

June 18, 2008

AWARENESS, PERCEPTION AND INTERPRETATION: measurements vis-a-vis the complexity of life

October 8th-9th, 2008

Workshop objectives and contents

This workshop is part of a series of events (workshops and sessions at conferences) organised within the framework of the MINET (Measuring the Impossible NETwork) project, funded by the European Commission – 6th Framework Programme of Scientific and Technological Research. MINET aims to achieve a long-term integration and advancement of interdisciplinary research and novel investigative methods for the measurement of multidimensional, complex phenomena which are mediated by the human perception and/or interpretation – so called ‘Measuring the Impossible’ (MtI) research.

MINET workshops aim at achieving a deeper and wider understanding of the themes under investigation in the MtI field. They are a valuable opportunity for an exchange and transfer of knowledge among researchers with an interest in this topic, and especially between the various projects funded under the New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST)– Measuring the Impossible programme.

The complexity of the investigated and measured phenomena is a feature shared by all MtI projects, which have human beings as objects of study or as measuring instruments. The scientific study of topics such as haptic, visual or auditory perception, emotions, the mind-brain relationship, differences among individuals, quality of environments, products and services, and so on, poses remarkable challenges to scientists. MtI projects are meeting these challenges on both a methodological level – by developing theories, models and techniques for measurement – and a substantive scientific level – by producing relevant results in their respective research fields.

The Rome workshop will be an occasion to share advancements, findings and achievements of projects, as well as problems encountered and solutions worked out, in an unrestricted dialogue among the disciplines, inter-disciplines and application areas of the physical, natural, psychological and social sciences that are involved in the MtI field.

Each project funded under the EU NEST “Measuring the Impossible” programme is expected to contribute to the Workshop with a presentation of their progress and results achieved so far.

The workshop is open to everyone to attend to learn more about the Measuring the Impossible projects and participate in discussions.

Further information

Further information can be found on the MINET website. Please click here.

Man, Science & Measurement Symposium 2008 (IMEKO): MINET Session

February 27, 2008


Annecy, France

September 3-5, 2008

IMEKO technical committees TC1 and TC7 are organising a joint symposium on Man, Science & Measurement. This conference will explore emerging challenges and novel concepts in Measurement Science in relation to human activities, considering:

  • Measurement systems as a way for helping human perception of the world
  • Measurement as a way for helping perception of human activity
  • Measurement Science as a focus of interest



We are pleased to announce that there will be a special session within the symposium on the Measuring the Impossible (MtI) projects.  Papers will focus on the principles involved in the measurements being made, with a special attention to the problem of “measurability”, and hence fit well with the scope of this symposium.