Sunday, March 15, 2009

N - Beauty in information flow

As researchers use journals to build knowledge they leave “a latticework of citations, from which we can reconstruct the geography of scientific thought,” say developers at the Eigenfactor Project (www.eigenfactor.com). And they display this geography in appealing ways—for example, the many connections between journals and disciplines as a circle criscrossed with curves (see http://well-formed.eigenfactor.org/radial.html). The project is a non-commercial academic research project sponsored by the University of Washington. It aims to use advances in network analysis and information theory to rank journals’ influence and to map their use in research.
Thanks to Paola De Castro

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