Iteration XIII (2017): Macroscopes for Playing with Scale

Four Macroscopes





If you are lost in the details of a problem, some say you cannot see the forest for the trees. Macroscopes, however, allow you to view both the forest and the trees. Macroscopes can even provide a view of that forest from outer space, and then zoom in to show you one individual leaf. The macroscopes in this iteration are especially good at conveying a sense of scale and navigating through data at different scales. They include some of the largest data sets imaginable, like the cosmos and the history of the world. Yet, they also let you focus on an individual detail, like the most important paper in one scientist’s career.

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.