Iteration IV (2008): Science Maps for Economic Decision Makers

Four Existing Maps





Six Science Maps







This is the first of six iterations that explore the utility of science maps for different stakeholders. The maps presented here meet the needs of economic decision-makers. They answer questions such as:

  • What is the impact of war on global trade flows?
  • How do accelerating communication and transportation speeds impact our lives?
  • What events and time lags occur from basic research to product sale?
  • What are the (social) networks behind illicit deals and laundered money?
  • What intellectual property space is claimed by whom, and what growth is expected?
  • What is the ecological footprint of a country, and how sustainable is it?
  • How does the ‘Product Space’ determine the economic development of nations?
  • How to visually empower strategy formation and value creation in organizations?
  • How are publications linked to patents in different areas of science?
  • What factors impact the happiness of citizens, and which countries experience the most happiness?

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.