School of Information Sciences

iSchool Visiting Lectures


Thursday, November 10, 2011
11:00 a.m.—12:00 Noon
501 IS Building

Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Mining, Mapping and Accelerating Science and Technology

Abstract: Recent developments in data mining, information visualization, and science of science studies make it possible to study science and technology (S&T) at multiple levels using a systems science approach. At the micro-level, the impact of single individuals, specific works, or legal frameworks can be examined. At the meso-level, the expertise profiles of institutions can be compared or the trajectories of student cohorts can be modeled. The macro-level provides a 10,000 foot view of the continuously evolving geospatial and topical landscape of science and technology and the global import/export activities, innovation diffusion, and brain drain unfolding over both spaces. Relevant works and maps are featured in the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit ( and the Atlas of Science (

The first part of this talk will present research results and case studies that aim to increase our scientific understanding of the inner workings of S&T. The second part introduces novel approaches and tools that improve information access, researcher networking, and research management. The talk concludes with an overview of data services and plug-and-play macroscope tools developed at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center in support of data mining and visualization.


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