VI.6 Knowledge Cartography

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Marco Quaggiotto

The Atlas of Research is a social web application that supports the creation and mapping of personal bio-bibliographic databases. Users can enter five types of data: texts, people, projects, events, their relationships, as well as personal comments. The result is a complex social and knowledge network that can be visualized as timelines, co-author maps, or topic landscapes. Shown here are four maps by communication design researcher Marco Quaggiotto of knowledge cartography research: an ‘Author-Topic Map’ that shows the network of key scholars and their research topics (left); a ‘Geographic Map’ that indicates where research on knowledge cartography is performed (upper right); a ‘Timeline’ of authors and publications where authors’ life spans are represented by horizontal lines, while publications and conferences are represented by icons (middle right); and a ‘Thematic Map of Disciplines’ contributing to this research (lower right). Each of the maps presents a partial and specific view of the knowledge space, presenting different aspects of the same reality. The Atlas acts as a container that holds together the wealth of information gathered, selected, filtered, prepared, screened, and symbolized by the system. Explore the Atlas at


Quaggiotto, Marco. 2010. This is Knowledge Cartography. Accessed September 30, 2010.

Quaggiotto, Marco. 2008. Knowledge Cartography. Courtesy of INDACO Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Complex Networks and Systems Group, ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy. In “6th Iteration (2009): Science Maps for Scholars,” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Elisha F. Hardy.

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.