Call for Maps for the 9th Iteration of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit on “Science Maps Showing Trends and Dynamics” (2013)

Katy Borner katy at INDIANA.EDU
Mon Dec 17 14:57:33 EST 2012

  Call for Maps for the 9th Iteration of the /Places & Spaces: Mapping
  Science/ Exhibit on *“Science Maps Showing Trends and Dynamics” * (2013)


*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 Showing Trends and Dynamics
  * 10th Iteration (2014): Science Mapping Frontiers

/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 220 venues in 22 countries, 
including 15 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 9th iteration of the Mapping Science exhibit is devoted to science 
maps that show general trends and patterns in science and technology 
(S&T) and predict future developments of S&T. 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:

  * Where do good ideas come from?
  * Where are star scientists trained?
  * How is funding correlated with scientific advance?
  * Are download counts or news and Twitter coverage a predictor for
    citation counts?
  * What should I study today to have a good job tomorrow?
  * Where should I invest my money?
  * Will we have another recession?
  * How does science evolve over time?

The maps might show forecasts, see 3rd Iteration (2007): “The Power of 
Forecasts” or

  * Trends in science funding and its impact on research and education.
  * Differences between predicting physical and social systems—the
    former are not impacted by predictions while the latter are affected.
  * Realizations of science fiction predictions—how far can one predict?
  * Accuracy of Delphi studies or other predictions.
  * Breakthroughs of the year by science magazines—picking the winners.

Maps should show 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, 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 80 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 30th, 2013, 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 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 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 decision making/* – what major insight does the map
    provide and why does it matter? Is the map easy to understand by a
    general audience? Does it inspire viewers 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 30th, 2013. 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 for all authors (about 100 words each)
  * High resolution portraits of all authors that are no smaller than
    360 x 450 pixels, or 1.2" x 1.5" at 300 dpi. Larger is always better
    since we can always crop them down to our specific needs for both
    print and web.
  * 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.

Important Dates*
Submit initial entries: January 30th, 2013
Notification to mapmakers: February 28th, 2013
Submit final entries: April 30th, 2013
9th iteration ready for display: June 2013

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, Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy
    and John Glenn School for Public Affairs, Ohio State University
  * Benjamin Wiederkehr, Founder,

Please feel free to send any questions you might have regarding the 
judging process to Katy Börner (katy at 
<mailto:katy at>) keep subject header.

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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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