André Skupin - Networks, growth, and other sacred narratives: extending the ontological foundations of science mapping
A small set of axiomatic narratives has traditionally informed virtually every attempt at generating visual depictions of the structure and development of science. From interpreting the growth in the number of scientific journals as a growth of science to the idea that scientific activities are best represented as networks, an object-based ontology has completely dominated science mapping. This has come at the cost of ignoring alternative conceptualizations of science, including those based on continuous fields instead of discrete objects. This presentation will demonstrate how a field conceptualization could contribute to the arsenal of knowledge visualization approaches, including the visualization of science dynamics.