Mapping Philosophy is an interdisciplinary pilot in philosophy and computer science involving programmers and librarians which aims at visualizing 5 sets of bibliographic metadata (author, title, place of publication, publisher, year) of two centuries of logic books (1700-1940) on a two-dimensional, computer-generated, interactive, web-based geographical map of Europe.
The working hypothesis behind Mapping Philosophy is twofold. We think that an effective visualization of the metadata of books published in Europe in logic within a certain period will enable any user to locate at a glance the centres of excellence in this discipline through that period. We also think that our visualization will enable scholars in the field to confirm or question existing research hypotheses as well as formulate new ones. We see this as a first step towards creating a new data-driven empirical methodology for the history of philosophy.
In this talk we present the results of the project, as well as the problems we encountered so far, some limitations and the challenges we expect to face in the future to expand it.
The project, led by Arianna Betti (VU Amsterdam) and Bettina Speckmann (TU Eindhoven), is funded by the Young Academy of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of the Netherlands.
Hein van den Berg is postdoctoral researcher within the ERC Starting Grant Tarski’s revolution at VU University Amsterdam and lecturer in history of modern philosophy at the University of Groningen. As of September 2012, he will conduct research at the TU Dortmund on the project Axiomatics and the Emergence of Biology as a Science: philosophy of biology in the 18th century, for which he received the Hendrik Casimir – Karl Ziegler research stipend of The Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of the Netherlands (KNAW).
Arianna Betti is lecturer in Logic, Metaphysics and their History and principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant Tarski’s Revolution (2008-2013) at VU University Amsterdam. She is a member of De Jonge Akademie of The Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of the Netherlands (KNAW), of the Global Young Academy, of the European Commission’s newly formed group “Voice of the Researchers” and of AcademiaNet, The Expert Database of Outstanding Female Scientists and Scholars in Europe.
Bettina Speckman is associate professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technical University of Eindhoven and a member of the Algorithms group. Her Research Interests are: Algorithms and data structures; discrete and computational geometry; applications of computational geometry to geographic information systems; graph drawing. She is a member of The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and also a member of the Global Young Academy. She won the first Netherlands Prize for ICT Research.
Kevin Verbeek is PhD student at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technical University of Eindhoven and a member of the Algorithms group. His research interest are: Computational geometry, Graph drawing and Automated cartography. He is also involved in programming contests.