Sci2 Tool: Temporal, Geospatial, Topical, and Network Analysis and Visualization – addressing humanities scholars”


February 16, 2012

The eHumanities Group organised  a workshop with Katy Boerner (Indiana University): “Sci2 Tool: Temporal, Geospatial, Topical, and Network Analysis and Visualization – addressing humanities scholars” as part of the Methods Workshop Series at eHumanities group.

Tutorial description
The Science of Science Tool (Sci2) ( was designed for researchers and practitioners interested to study and understand the structure and dynamics of science. Today it is used by major federal agencies in the US and by researchers in more than 40 countries representing many different areas of research — including arts and humanities scholars.
Sci2 is a standalone desktop application that installs and runs on Windows, Linux x86 and Mac OSX and supports:
• Reading and writing of 20 major file formats (e.g., ISI, Scopus, bibtex, nsf, EndNote, CSV, Pajek .net, XGMML, GraphML),
• Easy access to algorithms for temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of scholarly datasets,
• Professional visualization of analysis by means of large-format charts and maps.
The first hour of the tutorial provides a basic introduction; remaining time will be spent discussing sample workflows featured in the Sci2 Tutorial at ( and new functionality such as the Yahoo! geocoder, network clustering and backbone identification algorithms, and the analysis and visualization of evolving networks.
Börner, Katy. (2010). Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know. The MIT Press. (
Please use to register. Your email address will be used to confirm registration and share slides and software links.
Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University. She is a curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. 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 book ‘Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries’ and a special issue of PNAS on ‘Mapping Knowledge Domains’ (2004). 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. Web site: