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Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map



Description:

Maps of physical spaces locate us in the world and help us navigate
unfamiliar routes. Maps of topical spaces help us visualize the extent and structure
of our collective knowledge; they reveal bursts of activity, pathways of ideas, and
borders that beg to be crossed. This book, from the author of Atlas of
Science
, describes the power of topical maps, providing readers with
principles for visualizing knowledge and offering as examples forty large-scale and
more than 100 small-scale full-color maps.

Today, data literacy
is becoming as important as language literacy. Well-designed visualizations can
rescue us from a sea of data, helping us to make sense of information, connect
ideas, and make better decisions in real time. In Atlas of
Knowledge
, leading visualization expert Katy Börner makes the case for a
systems science approach to science and technology studies and explains different
types and levels of analysis. Drawing on fifteen years of teaching and tool
development, she introduces a theoretical framework meant to guide readers through
user and task analysis; data preparation, analysis, and visualization; visualization
deployment; and the interpretation of science maps. To exemplify the framework, the
Atlas features striking and enlightening new maps from the popular "Places
& Spaces: Mapping Science" exhibit that range from "Key Events in the
Development of the Video Tape Recorder" to "Mobile Landscapes: Location
Data from Cell Phones for Urban Analysis" to "Literary Empires: Mapping
Temporal and Spatial Settings of Victorian Poetry" to "Seeing Standards: A
Visualization of the Metadata Universe." She also discusses the possible effect
of science maps on the practice of science.

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