From trees to webs: uprooting knowledge through visualization

Scott B. Weingart, Dec 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If you ever wanted a dramatic visual representation of the changing nature of knowledge, take the time to download this presentation (16 megabytes) by Scott B. Weingart. It traces attempts by bibliographers and scientists to organize knowledge in images ranging from Porphyry's Tree to Paul Otlet's World City to Boyack & Klavans’ Map of Science. Speaking of Otlet, you may enjoy this presentation from W. Boyd Rayward on knowledge organization and visualization in the work and ideas of Paul Otlet. Both are from the UDC Seminar on Classification and Mapping, from this past October. There's a lot of really productive browsing to be found in the two dozen or so presentations here.

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