Basser Seminar Series

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science

Speaker: Professor Katy Börner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center
School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, USA

Time: Thursday 24 June 2010, 4:00-5:00pm **Note different day
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

The Mapping Science exhibit aims to introduce science mapping techniques to the general public and to experts across diverse disciplines for educational, scientific, and practical purposes. It is meant to inspire crossdisciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate scholarly activity and scientific progress on a global scale.

Through maps of science, we can begin to see all that we know as landscape - viewed as if from above or from a great distance. Similar to cartographic or topographic maps, science maps provide guidance for navigating, understanding, and communicating the dynamic and changing structure of science and technology. The career trajectories of individual researchers and their professional networks, the intellectual footprint of any given institution or country, and emerging research frontiers or bursts of activity can be projected onto science maps and animated over time. Science maps complement local fact retrieval via search engines by providing information used to determine context and relevance. They serve as visual interfaces to immense amounts of data - depicting perhaps millions of objects that we can perceive rapidly to effectively discern apparent outliers, clusters, and trends.

Links:

Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at IU

Science of Science Cyberinfrastructure Portal

Mapping Science Exhibit

Speaker's biography

Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Biocomplexity Institute, Fellow of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University. She is a curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit.

Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation. She is the co-editor of the Springer book on ‘Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries’ and of a special issue of PNAS on ‘Mapping Knowledge Domains’ (2004). Her new book ‘Atlas of Science: Guiding the Navigation and Management of Scholarly Knowledge’ published by MIT Press will become available in 2010. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997.