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Using global mapping to create more accurate document-level maps of research fields

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Using global mapping to create more accurate document-level maps of research fields
We describe two general approaches to creating document-level maps of science. To create a local map one defines and directly maps a sample of data, such as all literature published in a set of information science journals. To create a global map of a research field one maps ‘all of science’ and then locates a literature sample within that full context. We provide a deductive argument that global mapping should create more accurate partitions of a research field than local mapping, followed by practical reasons why this may not be so. The field of information science is then mapped at the document level using both local and global methods to provide a case illustration of the differences between the methods. Textual coherence is used to assess the accuracies of both maps. We find that document clusters in the global map have significantly higher coherence than those in the local map, and that the global map provides unique insights into the field of information science that cannot...
Richard Klavans, Kevin W. Boyack
Added 14 May 2011
Updated 14 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where JASIS
Authors Richard Klavans, Kevin W. Boyack
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