Iteration VII (2011): Science Maps as Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries

Four Existing Maps





Six Science Maps







This iteration explores the utility of science maps as visual interfaces to digital libraries to support the selection, navigation, management, and usage of resources by communicating:

  • Early visions of a multimedia work station and the Internet.
  • A hand-drawn map of natural sciences and technology with overlays of different index and abstracting services.
  • A visualization of textual cross-references in the Bible.
  • Differences in the coverage and search functionality of four major publication databases and their impact on search result sets.
  • A comparison of Wikipedia's category structure and the Universal Decimal Classification.
  • Expert locations and worldwide scientific collaboration patterns.
  • The complete structure and interlinkage of different data types from a scholarly database to judge data quality and coverage.
  • An overview of key metadata standards in the cultural heritage sector to assist planners with the selection and implementation of these standards.
  • The hierarchical structure of over 2,800 terms for tagging digital resources in architecture in different languages.
  • The history of science fiction rendered as graphical chronology.

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.