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Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit
Call for Maps: 6th Iteration on “Science Maps for Scholars” (2010)

Background and Goals
The Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit was created to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two components: physical exhibits enable the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers; the online counterpart (http://scimaps.org) provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of how these maps work.

Places & Spaces is a 10-year effort. Each year, 10 new maps are added, which will result in 100 maps total in 2014. Each iteration of the exhibit attempts to learn from the best examples of visualization design in existence. To accomplish this goal, each iteration compares and contrasts four existing maps with six new maps of science. Themes for the different iterations/years are as follows:

Places & Spaces was first shown at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in April 2005. Since then, the physical exhibit has been displayed at more than 175 venues in over 15 countries, including eleven in Europe, plus Japan, China, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. A schedule of all display locations can be found at http://scimaps.org/flat/exhibitions/.

Submission Details

The 6th iteration of the Mapping Science exhibit is devoted to science maps that address the needs of scholars. Among others, scholars are researchers, authors, editors, reviewers, teachers, inventors, investigators, team leaders, and science administrators. To fulfill these roles, scholars benefit from a deeper understanding of and more global perspective on science. As science becomes more interdisciplinary and international, scholars must become “sciencetrotters” as well as globetrotters, crossing existing boundaries with ease. They must be fluent in multiple science languages and cultures to harvest the best data resources, theory, tools, and expertise independent of their origin. Maps of science can guide scholars in knowledge access and management activities as well as their evaluation of certifiable novelty and impact.

We invite maps that show a visual rendering of a dataset together with a legend, textual description, and acknowledgements as required to interpret the map. Science map dimensions can be abstract, geographical, or feature-based, but are typically richer than simple x, y plots. Scientific knowledge can be used to generate a reference system over which other data, e.g., funding opportunities or job openings, are overlaid or be projected onto another reference system, e.g., a map of the world, but must be prominently featured. See http://scimaps.org/static/docs/all-maps.pdf for an overview of all 50 existing maps.

Each initial entry must be submitted by Jan 9th, 2010 and needs to include:

Entries should be submitted via email to the curators of the exhibit: Katy Börner ([log in to unmask]) and Elisha F. Hardy ([log in to unmask]) using the email subject header “Mapping Science Entry”.

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the exhibit advisory board and invited scholars from academia, industry, and government. Submissions will be judged in terms of

Final Submission
Authors of winning entries will be contacted end of January and invited to submit final entries by March 31st, 2010. Each final entry comprises:

Map makers are welcome to use the expertise and resources of the exhibit curators when designing their final maps. The layout and production of the 6th iteration maps are expected to be ready for display by April 30th, 2010.

Important Dates

Submit initial entries: January 9th, 2010
Notification to mapmakers: January 31st, 2010
Submit final entries: March 31st, 2010
6th Iteration ready for display: April 30th, 2010

Exhibit Advisory Board

Please feel free to send any questions you might have regarding the judging process to Katy ([log in to unmask]) and Elisha ([log in to unmask]). Make sure to keep the subject header.

Katy Borner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director, CI for Network Science Center, http://cns.slis.indiana.edu
Curator, Mapping Science exhibit, http://scimaps.org 

School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
Wells Library 021, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
Phone: (812) 855-3256  Fax: -6166 

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