Reminder: 11th: Call for Macroscope Tools for the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit (2015)

Katy Borner katy at INDIANA.EDU
Wed May 20 11:25:51 EDT 2015

Deadline for submission is May 31, 2015.

  Call for Macroscope Tools for the /Places & Spaces: Mapping Science/
  Exhibit (2015)

The complete call with more detailed information can be found at

*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 will soon have 
three components: (1) physical exhibits that enable the close inspection 
of large-scale maps in public places such as science museums and 
libraries as well as at conferences; (2) novel, interactive macroscope 
tools that let the layperson explore the structure, dynamics, and beauty 
of science and (3) the online counterpart ( 
<>), which provides easy access to zoomable maps and 
online interactive visualizations, their descriptions and their 
references, and information on their makers.

While *Phase I* of Places & Spaces introduced the power and utility of 
science mapping to many, it has also raised new questions: How can we 
demonstrate the power of data analysis and visualization techniques not 
only to plot static data but to monitor and support science as it 
evolves over time? How can we improve data visualization literacy 
globally and for all ages? How can we empower individuals to make their 
very own maps? *Phase II *of the exhibit aims to address these questions 
by shifting the focus of the exhibit from maps to macroscope tools that 
anyone can use to explore data to gain insights.

The “Macroscope Phase” of the exhibit is devoted to tools that

  * demonstrate the power of data analysis and visualization techniques
    not only to plot static data but to interact with science,
  * empower individuals to make their very own science maps, and
  * help improve data visualization literacy globally and for all ages.

        *Submission Details*

Interactive online and desktop tools designed for small (e.g., handheld) 
and large (tiled wall) devices are welcome. Web based tools are 
preferable. Each macroscope should be fully functional for at least two 
years. For each macroscope in the exhibit, a video will be recorded to 
document and archive its unique interactivity and utility—even after the 
original code does not run any more.

Each entry must be submitted by *May 31st, 2015*, and needs to include:

  * Title of macroscope tool
  * Author(s) name, email address, affiliation, mailing address
  * Copyright holder (if different from authors)
  * Link to online site that features the macroscope tool or to
    executable code. Both should come with detailed instructions on how
    to read, analyze, visualize data and how to interact with the user
  * Description of work: insight needs addressed, data used, data
    analysis, visualization techniques applied, and main insights gained
    (100-300 words)
  * References to relevant publications or online sites that should be cited
  * Links to related projects/works

Entries should be submitted via EasyChair by clicking here 
<>. Enter 
author info, a title, and submit all other information via the 
‘Abstract’ field.

        *Important Dates*

  * Submit initial entries: May 31st, 2015
  * Notification to mapmakers: June 20th, 2015
  * Submit final entries: August 31st, 2015.
  * Iteration ready for display: October 20, 2015

        *Exhibit Advisory Board *

  * Gary Berg-Cross, Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (SOCoP)
  * Bob Bishop, ICES Foundation
  * Kevin W. 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, Doctoral Candidate, Indiana University
  * Manuel Lima, Royal Society of Arts, Microsoft Bing,
  * Deborah MacPherson, Accuracy&Aesthetics
  * Lev Manovich, Computer Science, The Graduate Center, City University
    of New York
  * Carlo Ratti, Professor and Director of SENSEable City Laboratory,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  * Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen Design
  * André Skupin, Professor of Geography, San Diego State University
  * 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 Borner (katy at 
<mailto:katy at>) and use the subject heading “Macroscope Inquiry.”

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

ILS, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
Wells Library 021, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
Phone: (812) 855-3256  Fax: -6166

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