Design versus Emergence - Visualization of Knowledge Orders

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Design versus Emergence - Visualization of Knowledge Orders

Created by Almila Akdag Salah, an expert in the field of digital humanities and art history, Cheng Gao, a computer scientist and scientific programmer, Krzysztof Suchecki, a specialist in complex networks and sociophysics, and Andrea Scharnhorst, Head of Research at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, this map shows the differences between the category structure of Wikipedia and the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) system. Shown on the left is the main tree structure of Wikipedia categories (top-four levels). Given on the right is the UDC structure as a tree (all nine levels) of this widely used library classification system. The donut chart and bar chart in the middle show the alignment of the nine UDC main classes to the 43 main topic categories used by Wikipedia. All four visualizations use the same color coding making it possible to explore the dominance, distribution, and interrelations of topics. The work aims to increase our understanding of how knowledge maps differ when they are created socially (Wikipedia) as opposed to when they are created formally (UDC) using classification theory.

This map has been created by the Knowledge Space Lab, a project funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and conducted at The Virtual Knowledge Studio, the e-humanities group, DANS and the Erasmus Studio Rotterdam in collaboration with BigGrid NL.

01/09/2011,
Locations: Bloomington
Institutions: e-humanities group of the KNAW
URL
  • http://scimaps.org/maps/map/design_vs_emergence__127/
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