Atlas of Knowledge

Atlas of Knowledge

Anyone Can Map

Book - 2015
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Maps of physical spaces locate us in the world and help us navigate unfamiliar routes. Maps of topical spaces help us visualize the extent and structure of our collective knowledge; they reveal bursts of activity, pathways of ideas, and borders that beg to be crossed. This book, from the author of Atlas of Science, describes the power of topical maps, providing readers with principles for visualizing knowledge and offering as examples forty large-scale and more than 100 small-scale full-color maps. Today, data literacy is becoming as important as language literacy. Well-designed visualizations can rescue us from a sea of data, helping us to make sense of information, connect ideas, and make better decisions in real time. In Atlas of Knowledge, leading visualization expert Katy Börner makes the case for a systems science approach to science and technology studies and explains different types and levels of analysis. Drawing on fifteen years of teaching and tool development, she introduces a theoretical framework meant to guide readers through user and task analysis; data preparation, analysis, and visualization; visualization deployment; and the interpretation of science maps. To exemplify the framework, the Atlas features striking and enlightening new maps from the popular Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit that range from Key Events in the Development of the Video Tape Recorder to Mobile Landscapes: Location Data from Cell Phones for Urban Analysis to Literary Empires: Mapping Temporal and Spatial Settings of Victorian Poetry to Seeing Standards: A Visualization of the Metadata Universe. She also discusses the possible effect of science maps on the practice of science.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780262028813
0262028816
Characteristics: xi, 211 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 x 34 cm

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Feb 02, 2016

Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Make --- by --- Katy Borner.
This is quite an interesting book. It really isn’t that much of an Atlas in the conventional sense and the maps, well, they’re not what most people would consider maps. Many are more in the nature of flow charts.
This book is not, I don’t think, aimed at the general reading public. In fact most will be a little disappointed in fining and Atlas so full of unmaps. The book is, however, of generous proportions which make it ideal as a coffee or cocktail table tome suitable for impressing your friends. The cover blurb endorsements are all by academes whose credentials are appropriately on display: another reason for suspecting this book was written not for a general readership but for an academic coterie.
But, take a look at the book. At the library, it won’t cost you a cent.

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