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Science Information Presentations in Canada and Washington, D.C.

Perimeter Institute, Canada
Perimeter Institute, Canada
Perimeter Institute, Canada
Perimeter Institute, Canada

Katy Börner will attend/present at three scientific events in early September 2008 on research related to mapping science and science information:

1. September 5-6: Workshop on Modernizing the Infrastructure of the Nation Science Foundation Federal Funds Survey, Keck Center, Washington, D.C. The objectives of the workshop include:

  • To explore issues involved with the NSF Federal Funds/Support surveys
  • To learn about user needs for Federal R&D expenditure information
  • To understand Federal agency data sources for Federal R&E expenditures
  • To consider short-and long-term changes in the Federal Funds/Support surveys
  • To consider issues with the taxonomy of fields of science and engineering.

2. September 9: Invited talk, "21st Century Science Maps", at the Science in the 21st Century: Science, Society, and Information Technology meeting held at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (see abstract below). The poster version of Places &: Spaces: Mapping Science, iterations 1-4 in French and English will also be displayed.

Abstract: Cartographic maps of physical places have guided mankind's explorations for centuries. They enabled the discovery of new worlds while also marking territories inhabited by unknown monsters. Domain maps of abstract semantic spaces, (see scimaps.org), aim to serve today's explorers understanding and navigating the world of science. The maps are generated through scientific analysis of large-scale scholarly datasets in an effort to connect and make sense of the bits and pieces of knowledge they contain. They can be used to objectively identify major research areas, experts, institutions, collections, grants, papers, journals, and ideas in a domain of interest. Local maps provide overviews of a specific area: its homogeneity, import-export factors, and relative speed. They allow one to track the emergence, evolution, and disappearance of topics and help to identify the most promising areas of research. Global maps show the overall structure and evolution of our collective scholarly knowledge. This talk will present an overview of the techniques and cyber-technologies used to study science by scientific means together with sample science maps and their interpretations.

3. September 11-12: Invited talk at "A Deeper Look at the Visualization of Scientific Discovery", a National Science Foundation Workshop, Washington, D.C.

Excerpt from the Workshop Announcement: "The development of visualization tools made possible by advances in cyber-infrastructure offer intriguing possibilities for tracking the impact of investments in science. These possibilities range from tracing the path from basic research discoveries to patents and innovation, to the changing structure of scientific disciplines, and from examining the importance of social networks to the dispersion of scientific innovations to comparators of international performance in science. The potential contribution to NSF programs is far-reaching."

Posted September 11, 2008