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Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit
Call for Maps for 5th Iteration on “Science Maps for Science Policy

Background and Goals
The Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit was created to inspire
cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate
human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two
components: physical exhibits enable the close inspection of high
quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education
centers; the online counterpart ( provides links to
a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed
explanations of how these maps work.

Places & Spaces is a 10-year effort. Each year, 10 new maps are added,
which will result in 100 maps total in 2014. Each iteration of the
exhibit attempts to learn from the best examples of visualization
design in existence. To accomplish this goal, each iteration compares
and contrasts four existing maps with six new maps of science. Themes
for the different iterations/years are as follows:

1st Iteration (2005): The Power of Maps
2nd Iteration (2006): The Power of Reference Systems
3rd Iteration (2007): The Power of Forecasts
4th Iteration (2008): Science Maps for Economic Decision Makers

5th Iteration (2009): Science Maps for Science Policy Makers
6th Iteration (2010): Science Maps for Scholars
7th Iteration (2011): Science Maps for Visual Interfaces to Digital
8th Iteration (2012): Science Maps for Kids
9th Iteration (2013): Science Maps for Daily Science Forecasts
10th Iteration (2014): How to Lie with Maps
Places & Spaces was first shown at the Annual Meeting of the
Association of American Geographers in April 2005. Since then, the
physical exhibit has been displayed at more than 90 venues. Recent
display locations include:

National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.
(Permanent Display)
Cameron Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
(Nov. 10, 2008 – Jan. 31, 2009)
The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Wuhan, China. (Oct. 15-Nov. 15, 2008.)
The Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance, Ceasar -
Center of Advanced European Studies and Research, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee
2, 53175 Bonn, Germany. (Dec. 11-19, 2008)
A complete listing is provided at
Submission Details
We invite submissions for the 5th Iteration on “Science Maps for
Science Policy Makers”. Each initial entry must be submitted by Jan
9th, 2009 and needs to include:

Low resolution version of map
Title of work
Author(s) name, email address, affiliation, mailing address
Copyright holder (if different from authors)
Description of work: Science policy maker needs addressed, data used,
data analysis, visualization techniques applied, and main insights
gained (100-300 words)
References to publications in which the map appeared
Links to related projects/works
Entries should be submitted via email to the curators of the exhibit:
Katy Börner ( and Elisha Hardy (
using the email subject header “Exhibit Map Submission”.

All submissions will be reviewed by the exhibit advisory board and
invited science policy experts. Authors of winning entries will be
contacted end of January and invited to submit final entries by March
31st, 2009. Each final entry comprises:

Title of Work
Author(s) name, email address, affiliation, mailing address
24 x 30 inch, 300 dpi, landscape version of map
Official map description (200 words)
Biographies and photos of all authors (100 words each)
Signed copyright and reproduction agreement
The layout and production of the 5th iteration maps are expected to be
completed and ready for display by April 30th, 2009.

Important Dates
Submit initial entries: January 9th, 2009
Notification to mapmakers: January 31st, 2009
Submit final entries: March 31, 2009
5th Iteration ready for display: April 30th, 2009

Exhibit Advisory Board

Deborah MacPherson, Accuracy&Aesthetics
Kevin Boyack, SciTech Strategies, Inc.
Sara Irina Fabrikant, Associate Professor of Geography and head of the
Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group at the
GIScience, Geography Department, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Peter A. Hook, Law Librarian, Indiana University
André Skupin, Associate Professor of Geography, San Diego State
Bonnie DeVarco, BorderLink
Chaomei Chen, Associate Professor in the College of Information
Science and Technology, Drexel University
Dawn Wright, Professor of Geography and Oceanography, Oregon State
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