Places and Spaces: Mapping Science
A while ago, I was preparing a post critiquing a map of domains of scientific knowledge based on users’ database searches. The post never made it to completion, but the idea apparently caught on with other people besides just me. Indiana University has a fascinating exhibit with a bazillion maps of domains of scientific knowledge, all made using different methodologies.
[BTW: My critiques of the clickstream map (Bollen et al. 2009) were: 1. specialized domains of knowledge that have little to do with each other are lumped (e.g. soil/marine biology); 2. the data do not reveal connections that would be obvious to anyone using the literature, so something must be fishy (e.g. ecology does not link to mathematics); 3. the definition of a "session" might potentially catch two or more users who use a library computer in rapid succession without logging off, or one academic user who is doing multiple separate research projects on distinct topics (e.g. a librarian or a student).]