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Call for Maps for the 10th Iteration of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit on “The Future of Science Mapping” (2014)


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 large-scale maps for display at public places such as science museums and libraries as well as at conferences and (2) the online counterpart (
http://scimaps.org) provides easy access to zoomable maps, their descriptions and references as well as information on their makers.

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 highlight outstanding 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 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 over 250 venues in 23 countries, including 15 in Europe, as well as Japan, China, Brazil, Chile, 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 10th and final iteration of the exhibit is devoted to maps of science that point to the future of the practice itself. Micro to macro studies using quantitative and/or qualitative data are welcome, and mixed methods approaches are encouraged. Maps should be understandable by a general audience and might answer questions such as:

To fit the theme of the 10th iteration, submissions should innovate on one or more topics such as:

Given the topic of this iteration, two types of submissions are welcome: (1) Photographs or conceptual sketches of future innovative science map usage—see
Otlet’s Mondothèque for inspiration. Ideally, the proposed interface or novel usage are paradigm-shifting—disruptive ideas are most welcome.  (2) A visual rendering of a dataset together with a legend, textual description, and acknowledgements as required to interpret the map. Maps can be abstract, geographical, or feature-based (e.g., network layout), 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 this PDF map collection for an overview of the 90 maps already featured in the exhibit. Given the theme of this iteration, links to interactive web sites, hands-on displays, or interactive tools are strongly encouraged.

Each initial entry must be submitted by January 31st, 2014, and needs to include:

Entries should be submitted via EasyChair
by clicking here. 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. Submissions will be evaluated in terms of

Final Submission
Authors of winning entries will be contacted in late February and invited to submit final entries by April 30th, 2014. 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 10th iteration maps are expected to be ready for display by mid-June, 2014.

Winning mapmakers will be invited to submit a ~1500 word paper for inclusion in a special Places & Spaces edition (October 2014) of the ASIST Bulletin, which is widely read, referenced, and used in classrooms. These papers should include the information from the official map description along with additional detail on data, methods, and how the maps and visuals can be interpreted. Submissions will be due by June 30, 2014. Boyack and Börner, the editors of the special issue, will work closely with the authors to create copy-ready papers.

Important Dates

Submit initial entries: January 31st, 2014
Notification to mapmakers: February 28th, 2014
Submit final entries: April 30th, 2014
ASIST Bulletin paper (~1500 words): June 30, 2014
10th iteration ready for display: June 30th, 2014

Exhibit Advisory Board

Please feel free to send any questions you might have regarding the judging process to Todd Theriault (
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Constructing a Theories of Learning
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

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