Waiting for time to craft the perfect post apparently means 3 weeks without a post. Anyway, I'm so very grateful to a colleague at work who has me working on a project with him to do some science mapping/scientometrics, etc. Fun stuff I don't get to do all the time even though it seems like I spend a lot of time thinking about how to do it, training on how to do it, learning about it, etc.
I'm using some of the usual suspects, research databases (Inspec, WoS, Scopus- working surprisingly well for the topic), RefWorks to gather citations, VantagePoint to clean up and rank things (conference venues, people, affiliations, etc)... but now I've totally gone off on a Sci2 trip.
I did some bib coupling networks and then did pathfinder pruning and then graphed the bad boy... but the thing that had me dancing around and sharing with my co-workers was my beautiful geographic plot. I got a Yahoo api ID and then used the Yahoo geocoder on the correspondence addresses and then mapped where the articles were from. It would have been better if I had rolled up the locations and then had a column with a summary number of publications for that location... but no matter. I used times cited. I'll try to post a picture later.
This should be good enough for a conference poster. Hm. That's July 1 for ASIST. But then I'd have to reveal the topic... well, we'll see.