Workshops

Modeling the Structure and Evolution of Science

Date:

May 21st, 2006


Meeting Place:


Indiana University
Wells (Main) Library
, Room 001
10th Street & Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

Photos:

Organizers:

Katy Borner

Associate Professor of Information Science, SLIS, Indiana University
Co-editor of Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries and PNAS special issue on Mapping Knowledge Domains. Project director of the Information Visualization Cyberinfrastructure and Network Workbench. Co-curator of Places & Spaces.
PR^2 | Slides

Robert Goldstone

Full Professor at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Program in Cognitive Science, Indiana University.
PR^2

Workshop Goals & Agenda:

This unique gathering will bring together scholars interested in the study of science using scientific methods as suggested by Derek J. deSolla Price more than 40 years ago. Specifically, the workshop will address three questions:

#1) What are the empirical patterns by which science progresses? Examples include the evolution of scholarly networks, the fusion and fission of topic areas, and the study of non-linear feedback cycles.
#2) What models best simulate the patterns identified in #1?
#3) How can we best communicate the insights from #1 and #2 to the diverse stakeholders (e.g., researchers, governmental offices, teachers, businesses, and the general public) that are in need of better science management/forecasting tools?

The workshop will have four sessions. The first morning session features brief, 10-minute presentations of researchers' relevant work. The second morning session will be devoted to discussing existing work on question #1 above. After a joint lunch, the workshop will reconvene to address questions #2 & #3. It will conclude with a joint dinner. The workshop will be limited to 20 participants to facilitate intensive discussion and brainstorming.

When assembling our list of dream participants for this workshop, we tried to ensure that we would bring together researchers that have dealt with major scholarly datasets (e.g., ISI data, arxiv, citeseer, patents), experts in development of scalable modeling approaches (e.g., in sociology, economics, and scientometrics, physics), and designers of science maps (see also http://vw.indiana.edu/places&spaces). A large part of our motivation is to create links between empirical and theoretical approaches to understanding the structure and evolution of science.

In preparation of the workshop, please fill out the Brief Bio and PR^2: Problems & Pitches and submit to katy@indiana.edu by Thursday May 18th, 2006.

Note that the workshop is organized independent from, but in conjunction with, the Network Science Workshop and Conference http://vw.indiana.edu/netsci06.

Schedule:

Sunday May 21st, 2006

8:30am Light Breakfast
9:00am Introduction of Attendees
10:30pm Break
11:00am What are the empirical patterns by which science progresses? Examples include the evolution of scholarly networks, the fusion and fission of topic areas, and the study of non-linear feedback cycles.
1:00pm Joint Lunch
2:00pm What models best simulate the patterns identified in the morning session?
3:30pm Break
4:00pm How can we best communicate model of science to the diverse stakeholders (e.g., researchers, governmental offices, teachers, businesses, and the general public) that are in need of better science management/forecasting tools?
7:00pm Joint dinner
Little Tibet
415 East 4th Street, Bloomington, Tel: (812) 331 0122

Participants Attending:

Kevin Boyack

Kevin Boyack

Sandia National Laboratories Science analyst and science map maker. Power user of Sandia's VxInsight® knowledge visualization tool.
kboyack@sandia.gov
PR^2

Ron Day

Ron Day

Visiting Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, SLIS, Indiana University
Expert in the history, culture and political economy of information, documentation, communication, knowledge, and digital media.
roday@indiana.edu
PR^2

Peter Hook

Peter Hook

Stanford University
Ph.D. Student at SLIS, Indiana University
Works on educational knowledge domain visualizations.
Slides

Todd Gureckis

Todd Gureckis

Post-doc at the Department of
Psychological and Brain Sciences Program, Indiana University. Interested in mining social data.
tgureckis@indiana.edu
PR2

Ulrik Brandes
Loet Leydesdorff

Loet Leydesdorff

Science & Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School of Communications Research
loet@leydesdorff.net
PR^2

Erik Schultes

Lokman I. Meho

Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, SLIS, Indiana University. Researches citation analysis, digital libraries, and information access
meho@indiana.edu

Nigam Shah

Jongwon Park & Caroline Wagner

George Washington University & S&T Policy Unit, SRI International. cswagner@gwu.edu

Amit Sheth

Modeling Experts:

Lada Adamic

Lada Adamic

Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
ladamic@umich.edu
PR^2 | Slides

Kay Connelly

Luis Amaral

Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University
amaral@northwestern.edu

Jon Duke

Tom A. B. Snijders

Professor of Statistics and Methodology, Scientific Director, ICS, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen om Snijders
t.a.b.snijders@rug.nl

Paul Groth

Soma Sanyal

Postdoc at the Cyberinfrastructure for network Science Center, Indiana University
ssanyal@indiana.edu
PR^2 | Slides

Shashikant Penumarty

Shashikant Penumarty

Ph.D. student at SLIS, Indiana University
sprao@indiana.edu
PR^2 | Slides

Alessandro Vespignani

Alessandro Vespignani

Professor at the School of Informatics, Indiana University
alexv@indiana.edu

Uri Wilensky

Uri Wilensky

Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science and member of the faculty of the Cognitive Science Program at Northwestern University
uri@northwestern.edu
PR^2 | Slides

Travel/Housing:

Soma Sanyal ssanyal@indiana.edureserved some hotel rooms for the nights of May 20th and May 21st. Please contact her for details.

Directions:

See the contact page for the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, http://cns.iu.edu/contact.html

Acknowledgements:

This effort is supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: