Nature, Seed map of science reprint

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The journal Nature started its 2006 Gallery with collaborative work by Kevin Boyack, Dick Klavans and i|e founder W. Bradford Paley. It was a two-page spread in SEED magazine, and is explored in some depth in the June issue of Discover and August’s GEO; it was also a lead “story” for weeks at, as well as figuring prominently on Slashdot and Reddit, and dozens of other blogs/news sites.

Response to this image was so positive that we have decided to give it away—free—to whomever is willing to pay shipping & handling.

And thank you for the great response to this offer, too! We’re well into printing the second edition. It may three or five weeks to get to you, but there are some changes we’re sure you’ll appreciate.

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If your research domain published in 2003 it’s likely to be represented here. Find it by scrutinizing the text for the phrases characteristic of your research; not as hard as it seems since the organic, data-driven structure of the network truly reflects the relationships you might expect.

The image was extensively reworked for the new 25" x 24" size and different printing process. While retaining the same topology and labelling strategy new colors were chosen, new links drawn, and a new visual layering approach developed to allow both labels and the underlying structure of the map to be clearly readable.

This expertly offset print has production qualities closer to fine art than a typical poster: it is printed on fine paper, uses four exact spot colors (not the usual approximating CMYK process colors) and an unusual, perhaps first-time, practice of printing two plates as line art for ultra-crisp 3200 dpi text & links, and two plates screened to simulate colored node transparency.

As to what the image depicts, it was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 scientific papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as red and blue circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved lines) were made between the paradigms that shared common members, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms closer to one another when a physical simulation forced them all apart: thus the layout derives directly from the data. Larger paradigms have more papers. Labels list common words unique to each paradigm.

A description of the “feather boa” label layout algorithm, how it is used, and some related work is posted at Mr. Paley's site. This same image, at its true (readable) 42" x 43" size, was recently viewable in person as part of the traveling exhibition Places & Spaces: Mapping Science currently at the New York Hall of Science; it’ll soon be in Chicago.

Research and node layout by Kevin Boyack and Dick Klavans; data from Thompson ISI; graphics & typography by W. Bradford Paley. Commissioned and partially supported by Katy Borner and the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibition. Copyright (c) 2007 W. Bradford Paley, all rights reserved.

This gift was made possible by grants from the Places & Spaces Exhibition, Sandia National Labs and Information Esthetics.