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Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map


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
, 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
, 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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