CommComm posted on September 15, 2011 00:51

          I stumbled across this from the Chronicle of Higher Education today. I thought it was enlightening how it breaks down the "search" process in terms we don't usually hear associated with searching. It may actually re-invent (or re-invigorate) the wheel a little. Here's a quote:

          "Mr. Bergstrom and his colleagues speak like explorers, invoking geographical and urban imagery to describe the landscape their algorithms reveal. Mr. Rosvall compares moving through the scholarly landscape to trying to get from one Rockies mountaintop to the next; the team's challenge is to identify peaks and valleys and help researchers move past the barriers that separate them. Mr. Bergstrom likens the network of citations to a city that is "growing organically as you're trying to navigate through it." Capture it in the right sort of map, he says, and "if that map is there, the story of how fields are changing is all there in this big lattice of citations."

          What's that sound like to you? Sounds to me as if (perhaps) sometime in the near we'll be able to circumnavigate our way around the latest breakthroughs, or create a kind of connectivity that wasn't previously thought to be possible. A little criss-cross pollination, as it were. Somebody's breaking the mold with regards to how citations are measured, evaluated and applied. As the article mentions, creating a google-map getting over the Rockies. A mystery becomes unraveled. A new concept takes the stage. Who knew it could be done this way? This is precisely what I always love about the unknown.

          Someone's always trying to make it known.

http://chronicle.com/article/Maps-of-Citations-Uncover-New/128938/

Alonzo LaMont

 


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