A global perspective on the world science system (updated for 2006)

Katy Borner katy at INDIANA.EDU
Mon Jan 29 09:07:06 EST 2007

Did you play with http://tools.google.com/gapminder and listen to
http://tedblog.typepad.com/tedblog/2006/06/hans_rosling_on.html ?

It is relevant to the point below - even if other data was used.
There are also some true comments regarding 'preconceptualizations'.

Loet Leydesdorff wrote:

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> Is the United States losing ground in science?
> A global perspective on the world science system (updated for 2006) 
> <http://www.leydesdorff.net/us_science/index.htm>
> Based on the Science Citation Index-Expanded web-version, the USA is 
> still by far the strongest nation in terms of scientific performance. 
> Its relative decline in percentage share of publications is largely 
> due to the emergence of China and other Asian nations. In 2006, China 
> has become the second largest nation in terms of the number of 
> publications within this database. In terms of citations, the 
> competitive advantage of the American "domestic market" is diminished, 
> while the European Union (EU) is profiting more from the enlargement 
> of the database over time than the US. However, the USA is still 
> outperforming all other countries in terms of highly cited papers and 
> citation/publication ratios, and it is more successful than the EU in 
> coordinating its research efforts in strategic priority areas like 
> nanotechnology. In this field,
> China has become second largest in both numbers of papers published 
> and citations behind the USA.
> <click here for pdf> 
> <http://www.leydesdorff.net/us_science/us_science.pdf>
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Katy Borner, Associate Professor
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Indiana University, SLIS
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