[img: Benjamin Raimbault, Pierre-Benoît Joly & Jean-Philippe Cointet, Synthetic Biology Emergence, 2013］ Scientometrics has pioneered the use of structured data to analyse the social and cognitive dynamics of science and technology. This has enabled the development of tools and methodological insights that are relevant for researchers using DMTs to study other social phenomena. The session will discuss the process of mapping scientific or technological data and show how the choice of thresholds, algorithms, layouts and scale affects interpretation. It will also address the politics of indicator design. Jean-Philippe Cointet, researcher at INRA SenS (Sciences en Société), will present recent work on […]
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, Scientometrics, 2014］ I have to believe that if the little green alien people came from a distant planet and communicated with us all else about them might be alien but they would know in some fashion or other such things as Planck’s Constant, the velocity of light and the Wave Equation. I believe they might also find reasonable points of correspondence with our scientometrics even if their social arrangements were utterly different from our own. De Solla Price, D.J., (1978), Editorial Statements. Scientometrics, 1(1), 7-8. doi:10.1007/BF02016836 (download)
[img: Richard Rogers, Digital Methods, 2013］ The inaugural session will introduce the recent technological and epistemological transition entailed by the advent of digital mapping tools (DMTs) in the social sciences. Richard Rogers, Director of the Digital Methods Initiative at University of Amsterdam will present how DMTs can be mobilized to explore social complexity and present a broad vision of the development of the tools now used in the cartography of information–both in research and and the private sector. Organizational aspects of the seminar will also be addressed, such as allocating literature presentations and inquiring about participants that would like to […]
[img: William Farr, Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49, 1852] On the same day as our seminar kick-off (if you want to attend, please remember to register at the following link), the British Library’s Digital Research Team is organizing a public event on “Data visualisation: Is ugly the new smart“. This coincides with the exhibition “Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight” held at British Library from 20 February 2014 to 26 May 2014.