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Title: Visualizing information scientists
Authors: Naughton, Robin
Lin, Xia
Keywords: Information visualization;Citation analysis
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2010
Series/Report no.: IST Research Day 2010 posters
Abstract: Imagine that you’re a new information scientist with the goal of becoming a part of the information science field and making a significant contribution. Now, how would you go about getting to know the field, its players, what has been done, what needs to be done, and how you can contribute? This is not a unique question, but for new information scientists it is important to understand how this question can be answered. One answer to this question is the use of information visualization techniques to visualize knowledge, concepts and relationships as it relates to information science. White and McCain (1998) used author co-citation analysis (ACA) to visualize the information science discipline by looking at the top 120 most frequently cited authors of 12 key journals in information science from 1972 to 1995. ACA showed that there were sub-disciplines based on the citation relationships discovered in the research. Although ACA “does not lead to an author whose work unequivocally unites both sides or magisterially portrays the whole discipline” (p.353), it does indicate that there might be such a person or persons that link the various groups of information scientists, and being able to visualize these people and their links would shed new light on the field. These links may exist in other areas outside of author co-citation and thus, putting all the possible links together would yield a better option for discovering new linkages and understanding of the field. In this poster, information visualization techniques are used to develop a conceptual representation of the information scientist and his/her network. It puts the information scientist at the center of the research and shows the surrounding network of professional and non-professional activities that have influenced information science.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3455
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