Katy Boerner

Professor, Indiana University

KNAW Visiting Professor
Guest of e-Humanities Group and DANS
January- June 2012

KATY BÖRNER is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Biocomplexity Institute, Fellow of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (http://cns.iu.edu) at Indiana University. She is a curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit (http://scimaps.org). Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation. She is the co-editor of the Springer book on ‘Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries’ and of a special issue of PNAS on ‘Mapping Knowledge Domains’ (2004). Her new book ‘Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know’ by MIT Press was published in 2010. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997. Her home page is at http://info.slis.indiana.edu/~katy.

Since January 9, 2012 and for five months, Katy Börner is working as a Visiting Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her visit supports the activities of the KNAW in the area of e-research, e-humanities and computational humanities. She is hosted at DANS in collaboration with the e-humanities group—thanks to Andrea Scharnhorst. Her stay is of interest for the formation of a national e-Science Research Centre, the European FuturICT initiative, Open Linked Data initiatives around DANS, and the Computational Humanities programme of the KNAW.

During her stay Professor Börner collaborates on possibilities to apply visual analytics to research information systems (e.g., NARCIS; Open Linked Data initiatives around scientific information coupling persons, institutions, projects and output (e.g., VIVO) and the use of models and visualizations for national science policies.

She will give another tutorial entitled “How to use the Science of Science (Sci2) Tool for the study of science” for science policy makers and analysts at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.  She will also give a public lecture at KNAW on May 14 at 4pm.

At the e-Humanities Group research meeting on February 16, 2012 Börner gave a 4-hour workshop: “Sci2 Tool: Temporal, Geospatial, Topical, and Network Analysis and Visualization at Tutorial for Digital Arts and Humanities Scholars” at the e-Humanities Group at Meertens.  Slides are available at http://ivl.cns.iu.edu/km/pres/2012-borner-sci2tutorial-meertens.pdf.  About 35 participants attended the workshop. They came from fields as diverse as computer sciences, history and musicology. A follow-up to this event, where people can come with their own datasets and present them is planned for April 19 (details to follow).

A few reactions from participants:
“Inspiring overview over various types of analysis and visualisations. ”
“Visualisations help understanding. ”
“Very valuable to learn about the flexibility offered by the plug-ins. ”

On Jan 23, 2012 she presented a “DIY Data Mining, Information Visualization, and Science Maps” Werklunch at DANS. Slides are at http://ivl.cns.iu.edu/km/pres/2012-borner-dans.pdf. Many of you might have seen the 70 science maps on display at DANS and might have participated in the associated voting to select those maps that will be acquired for permanent display at DANS.

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