Workshops

Mapping the History and Philosophy of Science

Date:

June 17-June 18, 2009


Meeting Place:

Indiana University Bloomington, SLIS, Wells Library 001 (Directions to Library)
Map of conference & housing

Photos:

group photo
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Organizers:

Katy Börner

Associate Professor of Information Science, SLIS, Indiana University. Director, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center.
Curator of Mapping Science exhibit.
katy@indiana.edu
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Colin Allen

Professor, of Hist. & Phil. of Science and Professor of Cognitive Science, College of Arts & Sciences, Indiana University. Director of Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project.
colallen@indiana.edu
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Workshop Goals & Agenda:

This is a small-scale workshop that brings together History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) researchers that like to dig in data and science map makers that model and map the landscape of science, see http://scimaps.org for sample maps. The goal of the workshop is to explore synergies between these two research areas in terms of

  • Demonstration of existing approaches, tools, and techniques and discussion of synergies.
  • Discussion of different conceptualizations, existing datasets and tools.
  • Identification of opportunities and challenges.

This is a 1 ½ day workshop. Given the diverse backgrounds of the attendees and the goals of the workshop, we will use the first ½ day for brief self introductions of the participants, followed by three 30 min overview talks that set the stage for the workshop. The day concludes with a discussion of challenges and opportunities and a shared dinner. The second full day features brainstorming and discussion sessions in different team sizes and combinations. All sessions take place in Room LI001, Herman B Wells Library, IUB.

Schedule:

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

12:00pm Welcome by Organizers PPT
12:15pm Introduction by Participants (7 min per person/organization = 22 slots) Led by Colin Allen
3:00pm Break
3:30pm

Overview Talks

  • The history of mapping science (Katy Borner)
  • Philosophy & Science: Equally Connected? (Colin Allen)
  • History of science and how it might relate to the topic of the workshop (Katy, Colin & Alex) [PPT]
5:00pm Break
5:30pm Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges Led by Colin Allen & Katy Borner
6:30pm Adjourn
7:00pm Joint dinner at Siam House, 430 E 4th Street, (812) 331-1233

Thursday June 18th, 2009

9:00am Light Breakfast
9:30am Breakout Session on “Collaboration Opportunities”.

  1. Mapping science techniques applied to HPS (Led by Alex Pang) [PPT]
  2. HPS techniques and approaches applied to the mapping of science (Led by Jean-Gabriel Ganascia) [PPT]

    Please identify the most promising collaboration opportunities.

11:00am Breakout Session Reports
11:30am 2nd Best Ideas
12:00pm Joint Lunch
1:00pm

Breakout Session on “Conceptualizations, Datasets, and Tools”

  1. Conceptualizations of scientific structure and growth (Boundaries of the system or object. Basic building blocks of science, e.g., units of analysis or key actors. Interactions of building blocks, e.g., via coupled networks. Basic mechanisms of growth and change. Existing laws (static and dynamic). etc.). (Led by Andrea Scharnhorst) PPT
  2. Datasets relevant for the mapping of science and HPS (Led by Caroline Wagner) [PPT]
  3. Algorithms and tools relevant for the mapping of science and HPS (Led by Kevin Boyack) [PPT]

    Please compile a listing of major conceptualizations, datasets and tools.

2:00pm

Breakout Session Reports

2:30pm

Break

3:00pm

Breakout Session on “Opportunities and Challenges”

  1. Historians of science (Led by Jordi Cat) [PPT]
  2. Philosophers of science (Led by Colin Allen) [PPT]
  3. Science map makers (Led by Andre Skupin) [PPT]

    Please identify the most important opportunities and challenges for joint progress.

4:00pm

Breakout Session Reports

4:30pm

Discussion of Next Steps, Funding Opportunities, etc.  [PPT]

5:00pm

Adjourn

Participants Attending:

Zvi Biener

Zvi Biener

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Philosophy and History of Science, Western Michigan University
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Kevin Boyack

Kevin Boyack

Science analyst, SciTech Strategies, Inc. Author in Mapping Science exhibit.
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John Bruer

John Bruer

President, James S. McDonnell Foundation, adjunct professor of Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis
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Jordi Cat

Jordi Cat

Professor, History and Philosophy of Science, IUB, and co founder of the IU 19th-Century Studies Group

Jean-Gabriel Ganascia

Jean-Gabriel Ganascia

Professor of Computer Science, Paris VI University, team Led, Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris 6, and the ACASA, Cognitive Agents and Automated Symbolic Learning
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John Walsh

John Walsh

Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
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Noretta Koertge

Noretta Koertge

Emerita, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Editor-in-Chief, New Dictionary of Scientific Biography
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Scott Weingart

Scott Weingart

Recent UF graduate, soon IU Research Assistant
weingart.scott@gmail.com
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Alex S. Pang

Alex S. Pang

Research Director, Institute for the Future; Content Led/information ecologist, Signtfic. Author in Places and Spaces: Mapping Science.
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Osvaldo Pesso Jr.

Osvaldo Pesso Jr.

Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
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Andrew Ravenscroft

Andrew Ravenscroft

Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning, Deputy Director, Learning Technology Research Institute (LTRI)
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Andrea Scharnhorst

Andrea Scharnhorst

Senior Research Fellow & Founding Member, Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Andre Skupin

André Skupin

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, San Diego State University. Author in Places and Spaces: Mapping Science.
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Chris Sula

Chris Sula

Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center; Doctoral certificate program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy; Adjunct lecturer at Lehman College
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Caroline Wagner

Caroline Wagner

Senior Analyst, SRI International, Research Scientist, George Washington University, Author, The New Invisible College: Science for Development (Brookings Press, 2007)
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Anthony Beavers

Anthony Beavers

Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Cognitive Science Program, University of Evansville
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Edward Zalta

Edward Zalta

Senior Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) and principal Editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford Univeristy
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Angela Zoss

Angela Zoss

Research Assistant
Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center
Ph.D. Student, SLIS
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Interested But Cannot Attend:

Stephen Griffin

Stephen Griffin

Program Director, NSF

Yves Gingras

Yves Gingras

Professor, Department of History, Université du Québec à Montréal, Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies.
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Israel Lederhendler

Israel Lederhendler

NIH/OD

Travel/Housing:

The map below shows a floor plan of the lower level. Blue highlighted rooms house the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center.
Room 001in the upper left corner of the map is the workshop venue.

Restrooms are next to 036 (no room number) accessible by keylock 2-3-4-1-*

Housing at Wilkie Quad (below right)

Rooms have been reserved in the Wilkie Quad for out of town participants.  The Wilkie Quad operates like a hotel. Please check in at the North Tower Desk to receive a room key.

Acknowledgments:

The workshop is funded by an National Science Foundation IIS-0715303 award and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

Workshop Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors: