Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map (MIT Press) by Katy Börner

By Katy Börner

Maps of actual areas find us on the earth and aid us navigate unusual routes. Maps of topical areas aid us visualize the level and constitution of our collective wisdom; they show bursts of task, pathways of principles, and borders that beg to be crossed. This booklet, from the writer of Atlas of Science, describes the ability of topical maps, delivering readers with ideas for visualizing wisdom and providing as examples 40 large-scale and greater than a hundred small-scale full-color maps. this present day, info literacy is changing into as very important as language literacy. Well-designed visualizations can rescue us from a sea of information, assisting us to make feel of knowledge, attach principles, and make larger judgements in actual time. In Atlas of Knowledge, best visualization professional Katy Börner makes the case for a structures technological know-how method of technology and know-how reviews and explains differing types and degrees of study. Drawing on fifteen years of educating and power improvement, she introduces a theoretical framework intended to lead readers via consumer and job research; facts education, research, and visualization; visualization deployment; and the translation of technological know-how maps. To exemplify the framework, the Atlas beneficial properties remarkable and enlightening new maps from the preferred "Places & areas: Mapping technology" convey that variety from "Key occasions within the improvement of the Video Tape Recorder" to "Mobile Landscapes: situation information from cellphones for city research" to "Literary Empires: Mapping Temporal and Spatial Settings of Victorian Poetry" to "Seeing criteria: A Visualization of the Metadata Universe." She additionally discusses the potential influence of technological know-how maps at the perform of science.

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