Iteration VIII (2012): Science Maps for Kids

Four Existing Maps





Six Science Maps







This iteration features science maps designed for children aged 5-14. The maps communicate:

  • 4.5 billion years of Earth’s evolution and the life forms that inhabit it.
  • The intertwining journeys of favorite characters from recent fantasy and science-fiction films.
  • A floor plan of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that shows a subset of its two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture.
  • The political spectrum via a comparison of different stances on society and culture, family relationships, adulthood, and beliefs.
  • The interplay of life expectancy and income per person for each country.
  • How inventions and inventors are embedded in a vast web of human knowledge.
  • Stylistic variations among 1,074,790 manga pages in 883 distinct series from Japan, Korea, and China.
  • The fundamental interconnectedness of science and stories of how animals and accidents help discovery.
  • The impact of language on human networks and communication patterns.
  • The topical composition and length of over 3,000 educational videos and their usage by students around the globe.

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.