Thursday, May 14, 2009

The World's First Map of Science

This "Map of Science" created by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists illustrates the online behavior of scientists accessing different scientific journals, publications. It's a high resolution graphic depiction of the virtual trails scientists leave behind when retrieving information from online services.

Johan Bollen who led the research argues as follows:
"This research will be a crucial component of future efforts to study and predict scientific, as well novel methods to determine the true impact of articels and journals."

More information in PloS ONE

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Step by Step

Visiting Commoncraft's Blog I came across this photo and I really like it a lot.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Twitter's Popularity Soars

Twitter growth surges 131% in March and is quickly revolutionizing mass communication.What are the reasons for such rapidly growing popularity among its users? Andrew McAfee discussed this phenomenon in one of his classes and they concluded on a combination of the following attributes:
  • Concise
  • Hyperlinked
  • Persistant
  • Searchable
  • Asynchronous
  • Assymetric
  • Largely public, but with a private option
  • Categorizable
  • Open
  • Universal
  • Monolithic
Finally they were trying to understand the meaning of the combination of attributes listed above. One of his students argued as follows: "Twitter's not a substitute for anything we used to do. It's a combination about 17 things we used to do." So what are the most innovative attributes and characters about Tweet and Twitter? Is it an innovative and appropriate tool for usage in science?