Iteration XII (2016): Macroscopes for Making Sense of Science

Four Macroscopes





The world is complex. Macroscopes help us understand and manage that complexity. They are visual lenses we can use to focus on patterns and trends in large volumes of data.

These four macroscopes use data that varies tremendously in terms of subject matter and method of collection: city smells derived from social media, a library collection mapped in time and space, institutional partnerships revealed through publications, and ship locations tracked by satellite. However, they each present data visually to make new perspectives possible.

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.