Professor Richard Smiraglia is one of the leading experts in the fields of knowledge organization and the history of information and library science. He is based at the Information Organization Research Group (IOrg) in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, US. Richard has been collaborating with VKS researchers for a few years about topics such as the Extraction of Concepts and Observation of Their Evolution – Creating Knowledge Experiments (with Charles van den Heuvel); and about the History and Evolution of Library Classifications Systems (with the Knowledge Space Lab). Richard’s own research focuses on the changing epistemic nature of a “work”. In general, the move towards the digital leads to new questions of annotation and metadata on a practical but also on a theoretical level. Richard’s research contributes to understanding controversies around standardization and categorization, and the creation of an interface between traditional library and documentation science and the new information sciences. His competence in the area of library and information science adds additional value to the current research streams at the VKS, and their continuation under the umbrella of e-humanities.
K. Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Biocomplexity Institute, Fellow of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.
She is a curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit.
Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation.
She is the co-editor of the Springer book on ‘Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries’ and of a special issue of PNAS 101 (Suppl. 1) on ‘Mapping Knowledge Domains’ published in April 2004. She also co-edited a special issue on ‘Collaborative Information Visualization Environments’ in PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, MIT Press (Feb. 2005), ‘Information Visualization Interfaces for Retrieval and Analysis’ in the Journal of Digital Libraries (March 2005), and ‘Mapping Humanity’s Knowledge’ in Environment and Planning B (Sept 2007).
Her new book ‘Atlas of Science: Guiding the Navigation and Management of Scholarly Knowledge’ published by MIT Press will become available in 2010.
She and her colleagues at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center serve the
• Scholarly Database of 23 million scholarly records, http://sdb.slis.indiana.edu
• Information Visualization Cyberinfrastructure, http://iv.slis.indiana.edu
• Network Workbench Tool and Community Wiki, http://nwb.slis.indiana.edu
• Science of Science Cyberinfrastructure Portal, http://sci.slis.indiana.edu
• Epidemics Marketplace, http://epic.slis.indiana.edu
She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Pervasive Technology Laboratories Fellowship, SBC Fellow, NSF CAREER Award, and Trustees Teaching Award. She is currently PI or Co-PI in funded research: Collaborative Research: Social Networking Tools to Enable Collaboration in the Tobacco Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Evaluation Network (NSF), Modeling the Structure and Evolution of Scholarly Knowledge (James S. McDonnell Foundation), CAREER: Visualizing Knowledge Domains (NSF), Mapping Indiana’s Intellectual Space (21st Century Grant), Network Workbench: A Large-Scale Network Analysis, Modeling and Visualization Toolkit for Biomedical, Social Science and Physics Research (NSF), Towards a Macroscope for Science Policy Decision Making (NSF), and Creative Metaphors to Stimulate New Approaches to Visualizing, Understanding, and Rethinking Large Repositories of Scholarly Data (NSF).
Loet Leydesdorff (Ph.D. Sociology, M.A. Philosophy, and M.Sc. Biochemistry) reads Science and Technology Dynamics at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) of the University of Amsterdam and is Honorary Research Fellow at the Virtual Knowledge Studio of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published extensively in systems theory, social network analysis, scientometrics, and the sociology of innovation (see for a list of publications at www.leydesdorff.net/list.htm). In 2006, he published The Knowledge-Based Economy: Modeled, Measured, Simulated (Boca Rotan, FL: Universal Publishers). Previous monographs are: A Sociological Theory of Communication: The Self-Organization of the Knowledge-Based Society (2001) and The Challenge of Scientometrics: The development, measurement, and self-organization of scientific communications (1995). With Henry Etzkowitz, he initiated a series of workshops, conferences, and special issues about the Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations. He received the Derek de Solla Price Award for Scientometrics and Informetrics in 2003 and held “The City of Lausanne” Honor Chair at the School of Economics, Université de Lausanne, in 2005.
Recent key publications:
• Loet Leydesdorff & Ping Zhou, Nanotechnology as a Field of Science: Its Delineation in Terms of Journals and Patents. Scientometrics, 70(3), 693-713, 2007;
• Hyperincursion and the Globalization of a Knowledge-Based Economy, In: D. M. Dubois (Ed.) Proceedings of the 7th Intern. Conf. on Computing Anticipatory Systems CASYS’05, Liège, Belgium, 8-13 August 2005. Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, Vol. 839, 2006, pp. 560-569;
• Loet Leydesdorff and Michael Fritsch, Measuring the Knowledge Base of Regional Innovation Systems in Germany in terms of a Triple Helix Dynamics, Research Policy, 35(10), 1538-1553, 2006;
• Caroline Wagner & Loet Leydesdorff, Network Structure, Self-Organization and the Growth of International Collaboration in Science, Research Policy, 34(10), 1608-1618, 2005.
• ”Betweenness Centrality” as an Indictor of the “Interdisciplinarity” of Scientific Journals, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (forthcoming).
• Henry Etzkowitz & Loet Leydesdorff, The Dynamics of Innovation: From National Systems and “Mode 2″ to a Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations, Research Policy 29(2), 109-123, 2000.
Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, which he joined in 1989. His PhD was in Pure Mathematics from the University of Lancaster. His current research field includes identifying and analysing web phenomena using quantitative-lead research methods, primarily link analysis and blog analysis, and has pioneered an information science approach to link analysis. Mike has developed a wide range of tools for gathering and analysing web data, including a research web crawler and software for statistical and topological analyses of site structures (through links) and site content (through text). His total list of publications includes 111 refereed journal articles, four book chapters and a book, and he sits on six editorial boards including that of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Over the past few years, Mike has delivered guest lectures in the UK, USA, Spain, Germany, Norway, France, Finland and Estonia. He has produced joint papers with researchers in Canada, the USA, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Iran, Belgium and France.