Atlas of Science

Winner of the

ASIS&T Best Information Science Book award 2011: "We consider it to be a spectacular achievement not only because it is the result of a prodigious amount of scholarly work of the highest quality, and because its subject matter is absolutely central to the interests of ASIS&T and its community, but also because of the work's visual qualities and high production value, which will ensure that it will be widely read beyond the IS field."

Reviewed and featured in more than 30 articles:


Shneiderman, Ben. Mapping science: Ben Shneiderman enjoys a tome full of tools for discovery. Nature. Dec 23, 2010.


Porter, Mason A. Bounds and Vision. Science. Feb 11, 2011


Rankin, William J. Visualizing Disciplines, Transforming Boundaries. American Scientist. May 5, 2011.

Leydesdorff, Loet. Katy Börner: Atlas of science: visualizing what we know. June 6, 2011.

Atlas of Science in Classroom Use in GEOG 780: Knowledge Visualization by André Skupin, SDSU
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MEDIA (see all)

Markoff, John. Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science. New York Times, April 25, 2011.

Nature - Group Theory article

Whitfield, John. (2008). Group Theory. In Nature. Vol. 455, 720-723.

Pang and Pescovitz (2006) “Cyberspace” is Dead, Wired 14.02.


ISSUES in Science and Technology. Spring 2011. Atlas of Science (special feature).

Busmann, Johannes, ed. 2010. Exploring Spaces: Projekte für die Zukunft. Polis: Magazin für Urban Development.

Herr, II, Bruce W., Todd M. Holloway, Katy Börner. An Emergent Mosaic of Wikipedian Activity. 2007. In Wikimedia Foundation. 2008. Annual Report, p. 24.

Holloway, Todd, Božicevic, Miran and Börner, Katy. (2007) Analyzing and Visualizing the Semantic Coverage of Wikipedia and Its Authors. Complexity, Special issue on Understanding Complex Systems. 12(3), pp. 30-40.

Ke, Weimao and Börner, Katy. (2005). Mapping the Social Network and Expertise of "Network Science" Researchers. Report to the U.S. National Research Council study on Network Science.

Katy Börner

Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science, School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and Biocomplexity Institute, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, Leader of the Information Visualization Lab, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and Visiting Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in The Netherlands. She is a curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997. She became an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2012.

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Katy's research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation. 

Selected Books

Selected Papers (see all 170+)

  1. Skupin, André, Joseph R. Biberstine, and Katy Börner. (2013) Visualizing the Topical Structure of the Medical Sciences: A Self-Organizing Map Approach. PLoS ONE 8 (3): e58779.
  2. Börner, Katy, Klavans, Richard, Patek, Michael, Zoss, Angela, Biberstine, Joseph R., Light, Robert, Larivière, Vincent, and Boyack, Kevin W.. (2012). Design and Update of a Classification System: The UCSD Map of Science. PLoS One 7(7): e39464.
  3. Börner, Katy. (2011). Plug-and-Play Macroscopes. Communications of the ACM. Vol. 54(3), 60-69, ACM Press.
  4. Boyack, Kevin W., Newman, David, Duhon, Russell Jackson, Klavans, Richard, Patek, Michael, Biberstine, Joseph R., Schijvenaars, Bob, Skupin, Andre, Ma, Nianli & Börner, Katy. (2011). Clustering More Than Two Million Biomedical Publications: Comparing the Accuracies of Nine Text-Based Similarity Approaches. PLoS ONE. Vol. 6(3), 1-11.
  5. Börner, Katy, Contractor, Noshir S., Falk-Krzesinski, Holly J., Fiore, Stephen M., Hall, Kara L., Keyton, Joann, Spring, Bonnie, Stokols, Daniel, Trochim, William & Uzzi, Brian. (2010). A Multi-Level Systems Perspective for the Science of Team Science. In Science Translational Medicine. Vol. 2(49), 49(cm)24.
  6. Börner, Katy, Sanyal, Soma & Vespignani, Alessandro. (2007). Network Scienc. In Cronin, Blaise (Eds.), Annual Review of Information Science & Technology (Vol. 41, pp. 537-607), chapter 12, Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc./American Society for Information Science and Technology.
  7. Börner, Katy, Chen, Chaomei & Boyack, Kevin W. (2003). Visualizing Knowledge Domains. In Cronin, Blaise (Eds.), Annual Review of Information Science & Technology (Vol. 37, pp. 179-255), chapter 5, American Society for Information Science and Technology, Medford, NJ.
  8. Börner, Katy, Maru, Jeegar & Goldstone, Robert. (2004). The Simultaneous Evolution of Author and Paper Networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 101, 5266-5273.
  9. Mane, Ketan K. & Börner, Katy. (2004). Mapping Topics and Topic Bursts in PNAS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 101, 5287-5290.

Edited Journals

  1. Börner, Katy, Glänzel, Wolfgang, Scharnhorst, Andrea & van den Besselaar, Peter (Eds.), Modeling science: studying the structure and dynamics of science. (2011). Scientometrics, Springer.
  2. Börner, Katy & Scharnhorst, Andrea (Eds.), Visual Conceptualizations and Models of Science. (2009). Special Issue on the Science of Science: Conceptualizations and Models of Science, Journal of Informetrics, Vol. 3(3), Elsevier.
  3. Skupin, Andre & Börner, Katy (Eds.), Special Issue on Mapping Humanity's Knowledge and Expertise in the Digital Domain. (2007). Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol. 34(5), Pion.
  4. Börner, Katy & Navarro-Prieto, Raquel (Eds.), Special Issue on Collaborative Information Visualization Environments. (2005). PRESENCE, Vol. 14(1), MIT Press.
  5. Börner, Katy & Mostafa, Javed (Eds.), Special Issue on Information Visualization Interfaces for Retrieval and Analysis (2005), International Journal on Digital Libraries, Vol. 5(1), Springer-Verlag.
  6. Shiffrin, Richard & Börner, Katy (Eds.), Mapping Knowledge Domains. (2004). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 101(Suppl. 1).

Selected Presentations (see all)

xxx Katy Börner's TEDx Bloomington talk on Maps & Macroscopes -- Gaining Insights from BIG Data. March 2013.
xxx Katy Börner is featured in FuturICT - New Science and Technology to Manage Our Complex, Connected World. Oct 2011.
xxx Katy Börner presents Plug-and-Play Macroscopes. Communications of the ACM. March 2011.
xxx Katy Börner presents Scholarly Data, Network Science and (Google) Maps at Google, Inc., Mountain View California. Jan 2007.


The international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit was created in 2005 to introduce maps of science in support of the navigation, management, understanding, and communication of data, knowledge, and expertise. As of 2011, the exhibit features 70 maps by 189 authors from 11 countries. Each year, a new themed set of 10 maps is added via an open call for maps and peer review by the exhibit advisory board and invited experts. Over the last 7 years, the exhibit has been on display at more than 200 venues in 19 countries on 6 continents.


VIVO National Researcher Network: CNS implemented all social network visualizations in support of researcher networking and analysis

VIVO to go

Scholarly Database with 25 million paper, patent, and grant records; supports cross-search, downloads of data tables and co-author, patent-citation, and other networks in easy to process formats.

Tools (see all)

Spin-off Company: Former CNS students/staff created in 2009.

Funding (see all)


Courses at Indiana University

Courses at University of Bielefeld

Recent Tutorials (see all)

SERVICE (see all)

  • Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee at SLIS (since Jan. 2011)
  • Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (since Oct. 2005)
  • Board Member of the Concept Web Alliance (CWA) (since July 2009)
  • Board Member of Elsevier's Bibliometrics Research Program (Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2014)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Office of the Vice President for Research, Indiana University Bloomington (Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013)
  • Member of Board on Global Science and Technology, The National Academies (Oct. 2011-Sept. 2013)
Last Modified: July 14, 2013

email: katy at indiana dot edu
Phone: 812-855-3256
Fax: 812-855-6166
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Apr 25, 2013 DASER talk at NAS, Washington, DC.
Mar 22, 2013 TEDx at Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, IN.
Jan 24, 2013 "Visualizing What We Know" Talk using Betazone at WEF, Davos.
Jan 11, 2013

Humanexus semidocumentary animation shows at SoFA Revisited, IUB.

(see all, Workshops)

Spring Data Visualization Literacy Workshop @ CNS, IUB.
Nov 3-4 Plug-and-Play Macroscopes Workshop @ CNS, IUB.
Nov CNS Open House.

Talk Series on Networks & Complex Systems and SLIS Brown Bag Talk Series


NARCIS: Network of Experts and Knowledge Organizations in the Netherlands, for Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), by Linda Reijnhoudt, Michael J. Stamper, Katy Börner, Chris Baars, and Andrea Scharnhorst.

Chin Hua Kong, Katy Börner, and Michael J. Stamper (2011) Mendeley's Evolving Network of Expertise and Knowledge, 2011 Mendeley Binary Battle.

Joseph R. Biberstine, Katy Börner, and
Michael J. Stamper (2011) Sources and Sinks of Life Time in U.S. Air Travel, Sunbelt Conference.

Angela Zoss and Katy Börner (2010) U.S. Job Market: Where are the Academic Jobs?, 6th Iteration of Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibition.

Joseph Biberstine, Russell J. Duhon, Katy Börner, Elisha Hardy, and André Skupin (2010) A Semantic Landscape of the Music Folksonomy using a Self-Organizing Map, Sunbelt Conference.

Nianli Ma, Russell J. Duhon, Elisha F. Hardy, Katy Börner (2009) Bibsonomy Anatomy, Sunbelt Conference.

Weixia (Bonnie) Huang, Russell J. Duhon, Elisha F. Hardy, Katy Börner (2008) Research Collaborations by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Exhibit Display at NSLC, CAS, China.

Bruce W. Herr II, Todd Holloway, Katy Börner (2008) An Emergent Mosaic of
Wikipedian Activity

Bruce Herr, Weimao Ke, Elisha Hardy, Katy Börner (2007) Movies and Actors.

Bruce W. Herr II, David Newman, Gully APC Burns (2007) A Map of NIH-funded Grants from 2007.

Bruce W. Herr II, David Newman, Gully APC Burns (2007) Society for Neuroscience, 2006 Visual Browser.