Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on "Mapping Knowledge Domains"

The colloquium was sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and took place May 9-11, 2003 in the Beckman Center of the National Academy of Sciences, Irvine, CA.

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Colloquium Map by Ron Wild
Complexity Digest Entries on the Colloquium:
Essays / Papers on "Mapping the World of Science" provided by Eugene Garfield and his colleagues
Best-Domain-Visualizations slide show compiled by Katy Borner & Ketan Mane

Symposium Organizer
Richard M. Shiffrin
Psychology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
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Associate Organizer
Katy Börner
School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
tel: 812-855-3256, fax: 812-855-6166, email:

Organizing Committee
Kevin Boyack, Sandia National Laboratories
Chaomei Chen, Drexel University
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Corporation
Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University
Thomas K. Landauer, University of Colorado
Josh Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Motivation & Description
The information explosion in recent years, often in the form of information available electronically, has sparked development of a new interdisciplinary area of science aimed at charting, mining, analyzing, sorting, and displaying interesting and important aspects of this knowledge and information. Indeed, progress in this area is critically important for the functioning of modern society, and particularly for the growth of scientific research, because without such tools it has become almost impossible to find and organize relevant information.  We therefore propose a Sackler Colloquium aimed to highlight the many facets of this emerging field.

Mapping of knowledge domains is facilitated by the increase in processing power and the availability of large amounts of publication, patent, grant, and other data increasingly available in electronic form.  Knowledge mapping is still in its infancy and for the foreseeable future won't serve as a replacement for human judgment, search, and decision-making, but tools now available already support and complement human judgment in critical ways. In particular they make available to human analysts patterns of data that would not be possible to obtain by other methods. Among other benefits, the new techniques could be utilized to identify:

Industry is presently using first generation data analysis and visualization technologies to monitor knowledge and technology transfer (in order to maintain a competitive stance), and as an aid to retrieval. We believe the currently existing science-mapping techniques can be considerably improved and successfully utilized by scientists and researchers generally, governmental institutions, industry, and everyone in society interested in scientific progress.

Important issues and new developments that might be discussed in the Sackler Colloquium:

A) Goals [E.g. science structure, vitality and changes over time; maps of impact, importance and funding; exploration and search of large databases]
B) Entities to be mapped [E.g. names, terms, topics, articles, science departments]
C) Representations of the data [E.g. similarity spaces, 2-D/3-D maps, tables, vectors.]
D) Data sources
E) Algorithms for production and compression of the data representations.
F) Algorithms and methods for mining the representations once they are produced.
G) Methods for searching the representations.
H) Methods for (online) adaptive visualization and display.

A major goal of the proposed colloquium is to demonstrate and compare different techniques, algorithms, and approaches that can be utilized to map knowledge domains.
In order to facilitate this goal, registered participants are eligible to utilize the so called PNAS Data Set. The data set comprises full text documents from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences covering 01-07-1997 to  09-17-2002 (148 issues containing some 93,000 journal pages). The data is available on Microsoft Access 97 format.

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Friday May 9th, 2003

2:00p Welcome by Richard Shiffrin & Katy Börner, Indiana University 

2:15p Keynote Address: A Historiograph of Mapping Knowledge Domains by Eugene Garfield, ISI, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information 

3:30 - 4:00pm Break

Session 1: Data Bases, Data Format & Access
Session Chair: Jon Kleinberg
4:00am Extracting Knowledge from the World Wide Web by Monika Henzinger  & Steve Lawrence , Google 
5:30am Mapping Subsets of Scholarly Information by Paul Ginsparg, Cornell University 


Saturday May 10th, 2003

Session 2: Data Analysis Algorithms
Session Chair: Mark Steyvers
9:00am From Paragraph to Graph by Thomas Landauer & Darrell Laham, University of Colorado 
9:45am The Structure of Scientific Collaboration Networks by Mark Newman, University of Michigan 

10:30 - 11:00 Break

11:00am Poster and System Demo Session

12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch

Session Chair: Richard Shiffrin
2:00pm Using Mixed Membership Models for Mapping Knowledge Domains by Elena Erosheva, University of Washington, Stephen Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University & John Lafferty, Carnegie Mellon University 
2:45pm Topic Dynamics in Knowledge Domains by Tom Griffiths, Stanford University & Mark Steyvers, University of California 

3:30 - 4:00pm Break

Session Chair: Howard White
4:00pm Enhancing Web Sites With Usage Data by Jonathan Aizen, Daniel Huttenlocher, Jon Kleinberg & Antal Novak, Cornell University 
4:45pm Combining Bibliometric and Knowledge Elicitation Techniques to Map a Knowledge Domain by Kate McCain, Drexel University 

6:00pm Dinner

Poster Presentations [Web Video]

Sunday May 11th, 2003

Session 3: Visualization & Interaction Design
Session Chair: Andre Skupin
9:00am Information Seeking and Objects of Visual Attention by Colin Ware, University of New Hampshire 
9:45am Geovisualization for Constructing and Sharing Concepts by Alan M. MacEachren, Mark Gahegan & William Pike, Pennsylvania State University 

10:30 - 11:00 Break

Session Chair: Steven Morris
11:00am Paradigms, Debates, and Puzzles in Science: A Visual Exploration by Chaomei Chen, Drexel University 
11:45am The Simultaneous Evolution of Article and Author Networks in PNAS by Katy Börner, Jeegar Maru & Robert Goldstone, Indiana University 

12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch

Session 4: Promising Applications
Session Chair: Richard Shiffrin
2:00pm Visualizing Search Results, Susan Dumais, Microsoft Corporation 

2:45pm Analysis Experiences Using Information Visualization by Beth Hetzler & Alan Turner, Pacific Northwest, National Laboratory 

3:30 - 4:00pm Break

Session Chair: Richard Klavans
4:00pm An Indicator-Based Characterization of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Kevin Boyack, Sandia National Laboratories 
4:45pm Mapping: From Science Papers to Technology Patents and on to Company Financial Performance by Francis Narin, President of CHI Research, Inc. 

5:30pm Final Panel Discussion

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Forthcoming Related Symposia
Networks: Structure, Dynamics, and Function, May 12 - 16, 2003,  Hotel La Fonda, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, Beijing, P.R. of China
International Symposium on Knowledge Domain Visualization IV04-KDViz

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