"Places and Spaces: Mapping Science" Opening Reception a Great Success!

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science. a traveling exhibit of 70 maps, 3 interactive globes and an illuminated diagram, made its debut at Discovery Park on Friday, September 30. The Opening Reception on Friday evening was attended by more than 150 people eager to hear Exhibit Curator Katy Borner's presentation about the origin of the exhibit and to attend her guided tour of the 7 Iterations. The exhibit, sponsored by the University of North Texas College of Information, will be on display until January 24. 2012, and shows how researchers in a variety of disciplines present their data in visually interesting ways and demonstrate the power of maps to assist in understanding abstract topics. Places and Spaces debuted in 2005 with 10 maps, including a 17th century hand colored engraved map of the world as it was known at the time, featuring trade winds and plants native to each continent, and a 19th century map depicting the losses suffered by Napoleon's army in the Russian Campaign of 1812.

Katy Borner, the Director of Indiana University's Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science, and the exhibit's national curator, said that Places and Spaces was "created to introduce maps of our collective knowledge and expertise to a wide and general audience. The exhibit opens peoples' minds and hearts to the richness and beauty of science and technology." Dr William Moen, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge says that the timing of having Places and Spaces at UNT "couldn't be better. It aligns with several other initiatives designed to position UNT as a national public research university on the cutting edge, including the interdisciplinary research cluster initiative, the evolving focus on digital scholarship, and more."

Exhibit hours are Sundays from 1 to 6 pm; Mondays-Thursdays from 9am to 10pm; Fridays from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 12 noon to 4pm. The exhibit will be closed November 24-25, 2011, December 24, 2011-January 2, 2012 and January 16, 2012.

For more information on Places and Spaces, contact Kathryn Masten, Associate Director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge in UNT's College of Information, and the exhibit's local curator at 940-565-4552 or Kathryn.Masten@unt.edu. Group tours can be arranged and all visitors are welcome to enjoy this wonderful scholarly display designed to bring people together to explore and discuss information.