The Macroscopes

Macroscopes are software tools that help us focus on patterns in data that are too large or complex to see with the naked eye. Interactive by nature, they are best used to visually explore data and to ask and answer new questions. Each macroscope featured here was selected as an outstanding example of how visualization can reveal trends and patterns in data.

Every year from 2015 through 2024, new macroscopes will be added to the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. Explore the first 24, shown below.

Iteration XI (2015)

Iteration XII (2016)

Iteration XIII (2017)

Iteration XIV (2018)

Iteration XV (2019)

Iteration XVI (2020)

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.