Knowledge Management and Visualization Tools in Support of Discovery

Workshop II, New York Hall of Science
Workshop II, New York Hall of Science


• Katy Börner, Luís M. A. Bettencourt, Mark Gerstein and Stephen M. Uzzo (Eds.) (2009) Knowledge Management and Visualization Tools in Support of Discovery. NSF Workshop Report, Indiana University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Yale University, and New York Hall of Science.

SLIS professor Katy Börner recently sent out these highlights. She invites engagement on the ongoing research. She noted that "if you are interested in joining or supporting any of these projects please contact the original authors."

A report that summarizes key results from two NSF [National Science Foundation] workshops on "Knowledge Management and Visualization Tools in Support of Discovery" is now available at:

• Thanks go to Tracey Theriault, Jeni Coffey, Mark Price, Elisha Hardy, and many others which did the design, proof reading, reference compilation, and much more for this professional report.

Workshop participants identified a number of "Promising Research Projects." You might be particularly interested in those that aim to advance science of science research specifically, and the scholarly research infrastructure in general, including:
  • A decentralized, free “Scholarly Database” to keep track, interlink, understand and improve the quality and coverage of Science and Technology (S&T) relevant data. (see also page 76 and 77 in Appendix D)
  • A “Science Marketplace” that supports the sharing of expertise and resources and is fueled by the currency of science: scholarly reputation. (see page 74 in Appendix D) This marketplace might also be used by educators and the learning community to help bring science to the general public and out of the “ivory tower”. (see page 89 in Appendix D)
  • A “Science Observatory” that analyzes different datasets in real-time to assess the current state of S&T and to provide an outlook for their evolution under several (actionable) scenarios. (see page 72 in Appendix D)
  • “Validate Science Maps” to understand and utilize their value for communicating science studies and models across scientific boundaries, but also to study and communicate the longitudinal (1980-today) impact of funding on the science system. (see page 81 in Appendix D)
  • An easy to use, yet versatile, “Science Telescope” to communicate the structure and evolution of science to researchers, educators, industry, policy makers, and the general public at large. (see page 87 in Appendix D) The effect of this (and other science portals) on education and science perception needs to be studied in carefully controlled experiments. (see page 88 in Appendix D)
  • “Science of (Team) Science” studies are necessary to increase our understanding and support the formation of effective research and development teams. (see page 78 and 82 in Appendix D)
  • “Success Criteria” need to be developed that support a scientific calculation of S&T benefits for society. (see also page 88 in Appendix D)
  • A “Science Life” (an analog to Second Life) should be created to put the scientist’s face on their science. Portals to this parallel world would be installed in universities, libraries and science museums. (see page 80 in Appendix D)
  • The portals would be “fathered and mothered” by domain experts, as well as learning experts. Their effect on education and science perception should be rigorously evaluated in carefully controlled experiments and improved from a learning science standpoint. (see page 91 in Appendix D)
  • Posted January 28, 2010

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