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Places & Spaces

2006-08-09

"Our aim beyond survival should be to enable every human being to live a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life." [exhibit brochure]

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, which opened as an exhibit at The New York Public Library in April, will close on August 31, 2006.

The exhibit has been held in the Science, Industry and Business Library, Healy Hall of The New York Public Library (NYPL) -- 188 Madison Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY.

SLIS faculty member, Katy Börner, and Deborah MacPherson of Accuracy&Aesthetics, co-curated the exhibit. John Ganly, Assistant Director for Collections, NYPL is the exhibition advisor. SLIS students and staff from Börner's InfoVis Lab have been actively involved.

A quote from the brochure highlights a need that the exhibit is trying to address:

"Today, mankind's scholarly knowledge is stored in an exponentially increasing number of papers, books, emails, and other formats. Neither man nor machine can process this enormous amount of data. Hence, most knowledge gets reinvented, is duplicated across sciences, or is simply lost forever after a short period of time. To survive as a species, we need to utilize our collective knowledge to preserve our planet. Our aim beyond survival should be to enable every human being to live a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life."

The Places & Spaces website includes photos, maps, a podcast link, a reading list and more.

The physical exhibit is scheduled to travel to more locations including:

  • New York Hall of Science (December 9, 2006 - February 25, 2007), and
  • ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting & Exposition, Chicago, IL (March 25-29, 2007).

"This exhibit was supported in part by the School of Library and Information Science and the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science center at Indiana University. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261 and CHE-0524661."

See related story: http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1213

Posted August 09, 2006