Visualizing the Dynamics of Knowledge

Katy showing poster detail

SLIS Professor Katy Börner is one of the leaders for a Media X Vanguard Visualization Collaboratory to be held at Stanford University August 12-14, 2009.

• Collaborative Visualization for Collective, Connective and Distributed Intelligence:
Structured Data, Synthetic Minds ~ Visualizing the Dynamics of Knowledge


"The communication technologies we are creating today will be driven by a new generation of multidisciplinary thinkers, knowledge workers, global problem solvers and a more mobile, distributed workforce than ever before. Our new generation has been raised on the Internet, game technologies, mobile landscapes, and new forms of social media as we progress into a knowledge economy that is altering our institutional and organizational practices. The profusion of data and digital information at our fingertips requires new ways to support communication and collaborative sensemaking. In this emergent landscape, the role of visualization technologies to support synthetic perspectives is becoming increasingly valuable. Deep mapping of emergent science paradigms offer satellite views of humanity's knowledge. Lightweight visual knowledge systems for public data sharing have evolved to support access to the broader range of information we need to collectively address the world's most pressing problems. Open data hubs now support the social construction of knowledge in our digital and physical environments. At the same time, cyberinfrastructures offer us new tools for policy making and decision support in the academic, business and public sector.

This workshop will bring together visualization vanguards from the leading edge of science mapping, collaborative visual sensemaking, social network analysis and the emerging semantic web. Surrounded by the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibition at Wallenberg Hall and dynamic maps from Stanford's Spatial History Project and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, visual thinkers from four departments on campus, designers and special guests will share a series of case studies of their work to gain a synthetic perspective on the future of visualization for connective intelligence. New cyberinfrastructures of scholarly data, network analysis and visualization tools will be presented along with novel approaches to data sharing from the social semantic web. The Shape of Thought mural process will support visual brainstorming and documentation throughout the workshop to create a realtime "map" to the new territories presented ..."

Discussions will center around:

  • understanding the history of science mapping and forecasting the future of the visualization of knowledge
  • exploring design tools that facilitate distributed knowledge sharing and collaboration
  • identifying optimum user interface design approaches for collaboration and access between institutions, disciplines, academia and the general public
  • exploring cyberinfrastructures and plug-and-play macroscopes to navigate and synthesize large bodies of networked data

Collaboratory Leaders:

Jeffrey Heer, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and HCI, Stanford University
*Jeff is a pioneer of collaborative visualization and social computing. He has developed of a new generation of open source infovis tools -Prefuse, Flare and Protovis.

Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington
*Katy is the director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at IU's School of Library and Information Science.She is a pioneer of Science Mapping technologies and the Curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibition

Bonnie DeVarco, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Media X, Stanford University
*Bonnie is a pioneer in virtual worlds. As a writer, researcher and curator, she champions the convergence of visualization tools and immersive, virtual cartographies for connective, collective and distributed intelligence.

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5th Iteration of Places and Spaces - Debut at Stanford

Posted August 11, 2009