Iteration XI (2015): Macroscopes for Interacting with Science

Four Macroscopes





Interactive data visualizations, or macroscopes, have great potential as tools for exploring, understanding, and communicating science. They empower individuals to interact with data and to make their very own maps. This iteration features macroscopes that:

  • Track wind speed, temperature, pollution, and weather patterns in real time and worldwide.
  • Organize 20 years of reports from four major research institutions, grouping and arranging them based on topics, popularity, and publication date.
  • Illustrate connections between countries based on local news stories in more than 100 languages.
  • Chart the movements of people and changing cultural influences by tracking the birth and death locations of 120,000 individuals over the past 2,600 years.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.