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

Katy Borner katy at INDIANA.EDU
Sun Nov 27 21:39:06 EST 2011

  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 ( 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:

  * 1st Iteration (2005): The Power of Maps
  * 2nd Iteration (2006): The Power of Reference Systems
  * 3rd Iteration (2007): The Power of Forecasts
  * 4th Iteration (2008): Science Maps for Economic Decision Makers
  * 5th Iteration (2009): Science Maps for Science Policy Makers
  * 6th Iteration (2010): Science Maps for Scholars
  * 7th Iteration (2011): Science Maps as Visual Interfaces to Digital
  * 8th Iteration (2012): Science Maps for Kids
  * 9th Iteration (2013): Science Maps for Daily Science Forecasts
  * 10th Iteration (2014): Science Mapping Standards

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 

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:

  * A concept map telling a science story,
  * Famous adventures, encounters, or discoveries in science history,
  * Zooms in-out of the world of science,
  * Surprising, scary, wonderful, and exciting scientific activities,
  * Timelines of science and technology development and inventions,
  * Exhibit holdings at different science museums (location, subject
    matter, or both),
  * A map of school science curricula, projects, or science textbook
  * Career trajectories in science, or
  * Science maps drawn by kids analogous to Children Map the World

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

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 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 

  * Low resolution version of map
  * Title of work
  * Author(s) name, email address, affiliation, mailing address
  * Copyright holder (if different from authors)
  * Description of work: Learning objectives addressed, data used, data
    analysis, visualization techniques applied, and main insights gained
    (100-300 words)
  * References to publications or online sites in which the map appeared
  * Links to related projects/works
  * At least three keywords

Entries should be submitted via EasyChair at 
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

  * /*Scientific value*/ -- quality of data collection, analysis and
    communication of results in support of clearly stated learning
    objectives. Appropriate and innovative application of existing
    algorithms and/or development of new approaches.
  * /*Value for kids*/ -- what major insight does the map provide and
    why does it matter? Is the map easy to understand by kids? Does it
    inspire them to learn more about science and technology?

*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:

  * Title of Work
  * Author(s) name, email address, affiliation, mailing address
  * 24 x 30 inch, 300 dpi, landscape version of map using provided
    template at (13.9 MB)
  * Official map description (200 words)
  * Biographies and photos of all authors (100 words each)
  * Signed copyright and reproduction agreement

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 (katy at 
<mailto:katy at>), 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 *

  * Gary Berg-Cross, SUNY Stony Brook
  * Bob Bishop, ICES Foundation
  * Kevin Boyack, SciTech Strategies, Inc.
  * Donna Cox, Illinois eDream Institute, University of Illinois at
  * Bonnie DeVarco, Media X, Stanford University
  * Sara Irina Fabrikant, Geography Department, University of Zürich,
  * Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations
  * Peter A. Hook, Law Librarian, Indiana University
  * Manuel Lima, Royal Society of Arts, Microsoft Bing,
  * Deborah MacPherson, Accuracy&Aesthetics
  * Lev Manovich, Visual Arts Department, University of California at
    San Diego
  * Carlo Ratti, Professor and Director of SENSEable City Laboratory,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  * Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen Design
  * André Skupin, Associate Professor of Geography, San Diego State
  * Moritz Stefaner, Freelance Designer
  * Stephen Uzzo, New York Hall of Science
  * Caroline Wagner, Batelle Center for Science and Technology Policy
    and John Glenn School for Public Affairs, Ohio State University
  * Benjamin Wiederkehr, Founder,

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Katy Borner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director, CI for Network Science Center,
Curator, Mapping Science exhibit,

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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