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Friday, 28th January 2011

Cool and Beautiful! Visualization of Scientific Collaboration Between Researchers + Scientific Journals Ontology Explorer

From a Flowing Data Blog Post:

In the spirit of the well-circulated Facebook friendship map by Paul Butler, research analyst Olivier Beauchesne at Science-Metrix examines scientific collaboration around the world from 2005 to 2009.

From Olivier Beauchesne's Blog Post:

My employer, Science-Metrix, is bibliometric consulting firm. In other words, we engineer ways to measure the impact and growth of scientific discovery (and publications) in the world. To accomplish this, we license data from scientific journal aggregators like Elsevier’s Scopus and Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science. The data we have is bibliographic in nature. We don’t have the full text of the articles but rather citation networks, authors and their affiliations, abstracts, etc.

From this data, I extracted and aggregated scientific collaboration between cities all over the world. For example, if a UCLA researcher published a paper with a colleague at the University of Tokyo, this would create an instance of collaboration between Los Angeles and Tokyo. The result of this process is a very long list of city pairs, like Los Angeles-Tokyo, and the number of instances of scientific collaboration between them.

Both blog posts have more including iinks to this hi-resolution and zoomable version of the map. 

See Also: More Cool! Scientific Journals Ontology Explorer (via Science-Metrix)
Includes the "Map of Science"


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