Iteration V (2009): Science Maps for Science Policy Makers

Four Existing Maps





Six Science Maps







This iteration shows science maps for science policy-makers as well as citizens interested in understanding national priorities, spending, and achievements. Featured are two early maps, two maps of observation and sensor data, and six maps of scholarly data. The maps communicate:

  • The steady increase of scientists in the total population, versus a decline of R&D investment as a fraction of GNP.
  • Categories for evaluating and comparing evolving scientific collaboration.
  • Needed changes in the Boston Traffic Separation Scheme to reduce the risk of ships striking whales.
  • Urban mobility patterns to improve the design and management of cities.
  • The U.S. federal discretionary budget.
  • Return on investment for U.S. chemistry R&D including a timeline and investment cycles.
  • Funding portfolios of the National Institutes of Health.
  • The structure of science based on download (rather than publication) activity.
  • Research leadership of the U.S. compared with the top-12 competitive nations.
  • Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015.

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.