Open House 2015

Publications | Visualizations | Humanexus | Events | Development | Exhibit | IVMOOC | News | Funding

Monday, November 30, 4:00-6:00 pm

Each year, we invite our friends and colleagues to join us for two hours of enlightening talks, hands-on demos, snacks, and drinks. We work hard to make our open house a fun and educational soirée where guests are free to roam about, explore our visualizations, and of course ask questions!

This year's open house will be held at the Social Science Research Commons (SSRC) in Woodburn Hall, near the intersection of E. 7th St. and N. Forrest Ave.

View the talks here.

We'd like to thank all who joined us for this year's Open House, and to all who presented their work. We enjoyed spending time with you all, and sharing the work we've been doing over the past year and the ideas that will guide our future endeavors.






In August 2014, our development team finished an NIH-funded SBIR Phase II project that resulted in a major overhaul of the NETE Analyzer/Visualizer, a web-based data visualization tool originally developed in 2012 and used by NIH program officers.

The all-new responsive interface scales effortlessly from desktop to tablet browsing and boasts several new features aimed at optimizing a variety of visualization types for effective communication of the insights inherent in the data.

It is highly interactive, empowering users to pinch-zoom and pan, search and filter, and click individual nodes to access detailed information. A full-screen option and hide-and-show legend window have been added to give users the cleanest and largest possible view of their data.

The project effectively converts existing Sci2 tool visualizations such as temporal bar graphs, geospatial maps, science maps, and network visualizations into online web services. In the second year, two new visualizations will be added.


Humanexus_DVDInsert.pngHumanexus: Knowledge and Communication through the Ages is the product of a close collaboration between animator Ying-Fang Shen, Katy Börner, and composer and sound designer Norbert Herber, a senior lecturer in Indiana University’s Department of Telecommunications. The film tracks the evolution of human communication from cave scrawls to Twitter feeds, offering a unique depiction of the ever-accelerating spread of information and communication over the course of human history.

The film has garnered worldwide acclaim since its release in 2013, most recently winning the Audience Award at the 2014 Short@ Fringe at Azores Fringe Festival in Azores, Portugal, the Award of Merit at theWorld Film Awards in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Third Prize at the Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival in Cannes, France. See the impressive full list of awards here. Such accolades serve as testimony to both the relevance of the film’s message and the artistic vision through which Shen conveys that message.

You can watch the trailer for Humanexus here and learn more about the production of the film and its accolades here.



Sci2 Tutorials



Cyberinfrastructure Shell (CIShell)
CIShell integration partner


Network Workbench (NWB)


Science of Science Cyberinfrastructure and Sci2 Tool


Scholarly Database (SDB)


Epidemics Cyberinfrastructure (EpiC)


National Gene Vector Biorepository



After ten years of bringing maps of science to the general public, the Places & Spaces exhibition has taken a leap into the world of interactive macroscopes - visualization tools that empower visitors to see data in new ways. The exhibit will soon be rolling out the first four macroscopes, many of which have already garnered praise for their clarity, beauty, and technical innovation. These are only the first of many, as the exhibit’s mission for the next 10 years is to recognize and share best examples of these interactive tools.

The exhibit is just completing an installation at Northwestern University, and will soon be in transition to Atlanta where it opens at the Centers for Disease Control in January.

Photograph courtesy of Northwestern University.



The 2015 Information Visualization MOOC final exam closed on March 9, 2015. Of the 122 students who took the exam, 77 scored 80% or above (63.1%), and the median score was 85.21%. This marks a substantial improvement in participation over the previous year.

Instructor Michael Ginda attributes the improvements in student participation and engagement with the transition to the Canvas learning management system. "The platform transition gave our team the opportunity to introduce new videos from leading information visualization researchers, improve student discussions forums, and helped instructors reach out to students more effectively," he said.

After the final exam, participants moved into the client project portion of the course, joining together to form groups of 4-5 participants with varied skill sets and choosing from this list of potential projects.

"This year we've been able to curate our largest and most diverse group of real world client projects to cater to our student's interests and needs," Ginda said.

Over the final weeks, the teams were guided through the processes of data collection, cleaning, analysis, and presentation, and went through a week of peer review and feedback before submitting their final projects for grading.

As part of the final project, students in Indiana University – Bloomington's residential section presented client projects results at the Cyberinfrastructure Building's IQ Wall, which may be viewed here.




"Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map" featured in De Ingenieur

August 18, 2015 | MAA Press

"Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map" reviewed by MAA Press

June 18, 2015 | MAA Press

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard applauds a cogent guide to scientific cartography

April 16, 2015 | Nature

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Top Data Leaders to Join New Data Advisory Council

March 04, 2015 | SoIC News

"Atlas of Knowledge" featured in MIT Press Journal

Spring 2015 | MIT Press

Speed-Networking: A study on the formation of academic partnerships and the best ways to ignite them

February 26, 2015 | Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Börner Appointed to U.S. Department of Commerce - Data Advisory Council

February 18, 2015 | IU Newsroom

IU brings broad contingent to AAAS, nation's largest general science meeting

February 12, 2015 | IU Newsroom

Places & Spaces on Exhibit at Duke University

January 30, 2015 | SoIC News

KOFAC International Conference on Science and Creativity - Seoul

January 30, 2015 | SoIC News


NSF awards IU $6.6 million to build Jetstream, a cloud for science and engineering research

November 24, 2014 | SoIC News

New Book: Scholarly Metrics under the Microscope

November 19, 2014 | SoIC News

A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Big Data

November 12, 2014 | SoIC News

IU adds data science master's degree to keep pace with growing big data job demands

October 30, 2014 | SoIC News

Online version of AcademyScope now available on the National Academies Press website

October 27, 2014 | CNS News

Indiana University investing $7 million for new complexity institute

October 23, 2014 | IUPUI Newsroom


Grants & Awards

  • Innovation in an Aging Society. Econ P01 National Bureau of Economic Research (Bruce Weinberg, Gerald Marschke, and Katy Börner, $650,000) 2013.09.01 - 2018.08.31.
  • SMS-VAT: A Scalable Multi-Scale Visual Analytical Tool. NIH/NCAT (Katy Börner, $300,000) 2014.09.01 - 2016.07.30.
  • Visualizing healthcare system dynamics in biomedical Big Data. NIH 1U01CA198934-01 (Griffin Weber, and Katy Börner, $537,387) 2015.06.01 - 2018.05.31.
  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology Cyber Platform. NSF 1227110 (Gerhard Kilmeck, $13,799,392) 2012.12.01 - 2017.11.30.
  • Conference on Modelling Science, Technology, and Innovation, May 2016. NSF 1546824 Award (Katy Börner, and Stasa Milojevic, $48,750) 2015.09.01 - 2016.08.31.
  • MOOC Visual Analytics. Tides Foundation (Katy Börner, $50,000) 2015.04.03 - 2016.08.31.
  • Monitoring, Modeling, and Forecasting Tools for Fostering an Innovative S&T Workforce. NIH U01 GM098959-01 Award (Katy Börner, and James P. Crutchfield, $746,758) 2011.09.01 - 2015.08.31.
  • Visualizing Biomedical Research Characteristics. NIH/SBIR (Katy Börner, $400,282) 2013.09.01 - 2015.08.31.
  • Pathways: Sense-Making of Big Data. NSF ISE DRL-1223698 Award (Katy Börner, Adam V. Maltese, Joe E. Heimlich, Stephen Miles Uzzo, Paul Martin, and Sasha Palmquist, $250,000) 2012.07.01 - 2015.06.30.


  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK: Introducing the Science of Science (Sci2) Tool, Topic Modeling, Data Visualization, Interactive Interface Design


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