Vanderbilt’s Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibition, which makes a beautiful case for the importance of data visualization, opens Monday, January 23, and is on display through April 23 at several venues on the Vanderbilt campus—the Central Library, Sarratt Student Center/Rand Hall, and the Wond’ry.
Curated by Katy Börner and Lisel Record at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, The Places & Spaces exhibition showcases the visualization of complex data in innovative and beautiful formats, using groundbreaking methods for making sense of large streams of data. Each year new visualizations are added, culled from international and interdisciplinary submissions. Four new macroscopes have been chosen to travel with the exhibition, and will make their debut at Vanderbilt.
These four macroscopes use data that varies tremendously in terms of subject matter and method of collection: city smells found on social media, a library collection mapped in time and space, institutional partnerships revealed through publications, and ship locations tracked by satellite. They all, however, present data visually to make new perspectives possible. The macroscopes will join the 100 maps of science, sculpture, and hands on activities that currently comprise the exhibition.
Börner will deliver the inaugural lecture, “Maps & Macroscopes,” in the Central Library Community Room on Friday, January 27, from 3 to 4 pm, with a reception immediately following her lecture. Elizabeth Boyd and Celia Walker have organized the exhibit at Vanderbilt, with support provided by the Central Library and the Wild Bunch Fund.
Funding for Places & Spaces is provided by grants from the National Science Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; and Thomson Reuters. Additional funding comes from the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Informatics and Computing—all three located at Indiana University.