JSMF Workshop on Science Maps in Education


November 17-18, 2011

Meeting Place:

School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
1320 E. 10th St., Wells Library, Room: LI 170D
Bloomington, IN 47405
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Katy Börner

Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington;
Director, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center; Curator, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, katy@indiana.edu
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Workshop Goals & Agenda:

The workshop brings together leading experts in the design, prototyping, and evaluation of travelling science exhibit with science map makers to elaborate the recent "Full-Scale Development: Anyone Can Map: Charting and Exploring the History and Future of Science and Technology" preproposal for resubmission as an 2-year $250,000 ISE Pathway project. Detailed learning objectives and associated exhibit activities, e.g.,

  • 'turn on/off' different data streams and tell which one is most massive/overpowering
  • take one data set and plot it as timeline, scatter plot, or overlaid on a geo and topic map. What different insights are gained?
  • explore networks - start with a table, extract a network, analyze and visualize it (see slides 61-66 in http://ivl.cns.iu.edu/km/pres/2011-borner-sci2tutorial-nsf.pdf). Identify clusters and backbones so that they can be prototyped and tested with children to substantiate a follow-up full proposal.

We might like to identify preliminary studies that help demonstrate children's interest in mapping/seeing/understanding their (social) networks, envision possible career trajectories, experience battles for owning intellectual space via patents, etc. We could decide to ask 8-10 year olds to pick their top-n from the set of 20 possible learning objectives/exhibits. I truly believe my 9 and 12 year old daughters would love to climb data mountains, slide down and follow the trajectories of merging and diverging information flows (virtually?), puzzle together their own family network/the family/collaboration networks of famous scientists, or open/close 'data pipes' to see what data pours out of them into/onto different base maps (scatter, geo, topic maps).


Thursday, November 17, 2011
Room: LI 170D

12:00pm Welcome by Organizers (Katy Börner )
1:00pm General Introduction by Participants (10 min per person/organization)
2:00pm Break
2:30pm Overview Talks (15-20 mins plus 5 mins discussion each, present general works/consideration first followed by a concrete plan for what can be done in a 2-year $250,000 ISE Pathway project.)
  • Having Fun with Science Maps by Katy Borner
  • Designing a Traveling Exhibit by Stephen Uzzo
  • Prototyping a Traveling Exhibit by SMM
  • Evaluating a Traveling Exhibit by ILI
  • Preliminary Findings from Studies of Graph and Mapping Skills by Adam Maltese
  • 4:30pm Break
    5:00pm Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges

    Joint dinner

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    9:00am Breakfast
    9:30am Breakout Session on "Learning objectives and possible Prototypes for exhibit experiences"
    [Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3]

    11:00am Break
    11:15am Proposal Writing Time - Each team writes 1-3 pages as input to the Pathway proposal
    12:15pm Joint Lunch
    12:30pm Joint Working Lunch
    1:00pm Breakout Session on "Preliminary studies and evaluation design"
    [Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3]

    2:30pm Break
    2:45pm Timeline and Milestones. Budget.
    Also meet Sam and Charlotte who will help with proposal compilation.
    3:45pm Adjourn

    Participants Attending:

    Joe Harsh

    Joe Harsh

    PhD student, Indiana University

    Joe Heimlich

    Joe Heimlich

    Senior Science and Technology Policy Analyst, SRI International
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    Adam Maltese

    Adam Maltese

    Assistant Professor of Science Education / Adjunct Faculty in Geological Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

    Paul Martin

    Paul Martin

    Senior Vice President, Science Learning, Science Museum of Minnesota
    Participating Remotely

    Sasha Palmquist

    Sasha Palmquist

    Senior Research Associate, Institute for Learning Innovation

    Michael J. Stamper

    Michael J. Stamper

    Senior Graphic Designer, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center; Co-curator, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit

    Stephen Uzzo

    Stephen Uzzo

    Vice President of Science and Technology, New York Hall of Science

    Angela Zoss

    Angela Zoss

    Doctoral Student, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University Bloomington


    Please contact Samantha Hale (sjhale@indiana.edu) to arrange travel.


    See the contact page for the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, http://cns.iu.edu/contact.html or contact Samantha Hale (ude.anaidni@elahjs).


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

    Thank you to our generous sponsors: