SciTS 2011 Conference: Sessions

Cyberinfrastructure and Datasets for SciTS Research (Keynote)

Wednesday, April 13  •  12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

As science becomes more data driven and computational, there is an increased demand for datasets and tools that are easy to share, use, extend, and customize. Frequently, interdisciplinary and/or international teams of researchers, practitioners, and educators must synergistically combine methods and techniques from different disciplines of science to answer key research questions.

This talk will argue for a free and open data-code infrastructure for science of (team) science research. Exemplarily, it will introduce the Scholarly Database (SDB) ( and the Science of Science (Sci2) Tool ( that are actively used in science of science studies in academia, industry, and government. SDB provides free access to 25 million paper, patent, and grant records that can be cross-searched and downloaded as data dump in common table and network formats. The Sci2 Tool reads 15 different data formats; has more than 160 data analysis, modeling, and visualization algorithms and tools; and can be easily customized and extended. Both empower users to use, improve, or repurpose large and diverse datasets and code, easing the design and replication of scientific studies.

  • Katy Börner, Ph.D., Indiana University, Professor, Information Science, Informatics, Statistics; Director, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center


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Katy Borner
Katy Börner

Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor at 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 on ‘Mapping Knowledge Domains’ (2004). Her new book ‘Atlas of Science: Guiding the Navigation and Management of Scholarly Knowledge’ published by MIT Press will become available in 2010. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997.