Saturday, May 31, 2014

ESOF 2014 - Mapping Social Sciences and Humanities

June 23 2014 (15:00 - 16:15) 
Carlsberg Museum/The Dance Halls, Copenhagen, DK 

Andrea Scharnhorst, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS, NL) 
Jürgen Pfeffer, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, USA 
Gunnar Sivertsen, Nordisk Institutt for Studier av Innovasjon, Forskning 
og Utdanning (NIFU) 

Discussant: Katja Mayer, University of Vienna 
Moderator: Frederik Stjernfelt, University of Copenhagen 

Session description 

Session organisers: David Budtz Pedersen, University of Copenhagen; 
Katja Mayer, University of Vienna 

Mapping scientific fields and research areas is of growing interest to 
scientists, policymakers, funding agencies and industry. Computation of 
bibliometric data such as co-authorships, co-citation analysis, 
cross-disciplinary collaborations, and inter-institutional networks 
supply coherent visual maps of the research landscape. Research in the 
social sciences and humanities is often difficult to map and survey, 
since these fields are embedded in diverse and often diverging epistemic 
cultures. Some are specifically bound to local contexts, languages and 
terminologies, and the domain lacks global referencing bodies and 
dictionaries. Mapping scientific activity and understanding 
interdisciplinary exchanges requires researchers to go beyond 
traditional statistical methods, such as co-citation analysis, and 
develop new semantic technologies such as topic models, natural language 
processing, as well as survey-based studies. 
We will explore how combinations and variations of science mapping 
approaches can provide a productive basis for studies of research 
characteristics in the humanities and social sciences. 

Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary 
science conference. It takes place every second year in a major European 
city. ESOF2014 consists of a global forum for discussions on topical 
issues in science and humanities complemented by an ambitious outreach 
programme with a large number of events. The conference takes place at 
the Carlsberg City District, Copenhagen June 23-26, 2014 
( About 4,500 participants from more than 70 
countries are present at the conference. The Science in the City 
festival is expected to attract more than 30.000 citizens to the free 

Presentation of Andrea Scharnhorst here

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