Mapping Social Science and Humanities

Mapping Social Science and Humanities

June 23 2014 (15:00 – 16:15)
Carlsberg Museum/The Dance Halls, Copenhagen, DK

Andrea Scharnhorst, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS, NL) Jürgen Pfeffer, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, USA Gunnar Sivertsen, Nordisk Institutt for Studier av Innovasjon, Forskning og Utdanning (NIFU)

Discussant: Katja Mayer, University of Vienna

Moderator: Frederik Stjernfelt, University of Copenhagen
Session description

Session organisers: David Budtz Pedersen, University of Copenhagen; Katja Mayer, University of Vienna

Mapping scientific fields and research areas is of growing interest to scientists, policymakers, funding agencies and industry. Computation of bibliometric data such as co-authorships, co-citation analysis, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and inter-institutional networks supply coherent visual maps of the research landscape. Research in the social sciences and humanities is often difficult to map and survey, since these fields are embedded in diverse and often diverging epistemic cultures. Some are specifically bound to local contexts, languages and terminologies, and the domain lacks global referencing bodies and dictionaries. Mapping scientific activity and understanding interdisciplinary exchanges requires researchers to go beyond traditional statistical methods, such as co-citation analysis, and develop new semantic technologies such as topic models, natural language processing, as well as survey-based studies.

We will explore how combinations and variations of science mapping approaches can provide a productive basis for studies of research characteristics in the humanities and social sciences.

Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science conference. It takes place every second year in a major European city. ESOF2014 consists of a global forum for discussions on topical issues in science and humanities complemented by an ambitious outreach programme with a large number of events. The conference takes place at the Carlsberg City District, Copenhagen June 23-26, 2014 ( About 4,500 participants from more than 70 countries are present at the conference. The Science in the City festival is expected to attract more than 30.000 citizens to the free activities.

Early bird registration is possible until 31 May.

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