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Call for Maps for the 8th Iteration of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit on "Science Maps for Kids" (2012)


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: (1) physical exhibits enable the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers and (2) 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. 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. 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:

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 190 venues in 19 countries, including twelve in Europe, as well as Japan, China, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and the United States. A schedule of all display locations can be found at http://scimaps.org/exhibitions.

Submission Details

The 8th iteration of the Mapping Science exhibit is devoted to science maps that kids aged 5-14 can use to gain a more holistic understanding and appreciation of science and technology. Each map should be engaging and fun to peruse yet should have at least one concrete learning objective. Among others, the maps might depict:

Maps are intended to give children the exciting opportunity to immerse in, explore, or navigate the landscape of science and to find their own place.

We invite people of all ages to submit maps that show a visual rendering of a data set together with a legend, textual description, and acknowledgements as required to interpret the map. These maps should be aimed at the understanding level of kids rather than college students or college graduates. Maps can be abstract, geographical, or feature-based, but are typically richer than simple x, y plots. Data can be used to generate a reference system over which other data, e.g., career trajectories, are overlaid. Data can also be projected onto an existing reference system, e.g., a map of the world. Maps should present fully formed ideas and analysis; they should not be simple sketches of “what we plan to do”. See http://scimaps.org/exhibit/docs/all-maps-poster1-7_2011.pdf for an overview of the 70 maps already featured in the exhibit.

Each initial entry must be submitted by January 10th, 2012 and needs to include:

Entries should be submitted via EasyChair at https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=sciencemapsforkids20. Submit map as pdf file. Enter author info, a title, and three keywords. Submit all other information via the ‘Abstract’ field.

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the exhibit advisory board and children aged 5-14. Submissions will be evaluated in terms of

Final Submission
Authors of winning entries will be contacted early February and invited to submit final entries by April 10th, 2012. Each final entry should consist of:

Map makers are welcome to use the expertise and resources of the exhibit curators and designers when designing and producing high resolution versions of final maps. The layout and production of the 8th iteration maps are expected to be ready for display by mid-June, 2012.
Please feel free to send any questions you might have regarding the judging process to Katy Borner ([log in to unmask]), keep subject header.

Important Dates

Submit initial entries: January 10th, 2012
Notification to mapmakers: February 10th, 2012
Submit final entries: April 10th, 2012
8th Iteration ready for display: June, 2012

Exhibit Advisory Board

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Katy Borner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director, CI for Network Science Center, http://cns.iu.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
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