Iteration IX (2013): Science Maps Showing Trends and Dynamics

Four Existing Maps





Six Science Maps







This iteration features science maps that show general trends and dynamics in science and technology. The maps communicate:

  • Ocean circulation estimates to quantify the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle and to monitor its evolving heat, water, and chemical exchanges over time.
  • Over 160 years of recorded tropical storms and hurricanes by their paths and intensities.
  • Global polar bear abundance figures, harvest rates, circumpolar pollution levels, and the shrinking Arctic sea ice.
  • The mood of the U.S. based on an analysis of over 300 million public tweets sent between September 2006 and August 2009.
  • Complexity science's major intellectual traditions, leading scholarly themes and methods, as well as key scholars who founded or pioneered work.
  • The development of science during the period 1980–2010 based on key terms and phrases.
  • Hewlett Foundation funding distribution and impact in support of future funding applications and grant-making decisions.
  • Popular living people profiles and their interlinkages from eight different-language Wikipedias showing cultures and their evolution.
  • An identification of scientific discoveries and technological innovations using 23 million papers and patents.
  • The evolving structure of scientific fields, exemplified for prosthetic science.

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.