Projects by Faculty Member: Bill Howe
VizioMetrics is an image search engine and classifier. In order to improve it, we would like to automatically identify a “central figure” in a scientific article in cases when multiple figures are present. We defined “central figure” as a single visualization that encapsulates key aspects of a paper, a graphical summary that captures the content of the article for readers at a single glance. We surveyed 488,590 researchers in the biomedical field and found out that for an overwhelming majority of papers their authors were able to identify a single “central figure.”
For hundreds of years, scientists have been laying down trails of citations. These trails form a vast network, where papers are nodes and citations are links. This network can tell us a lot about the formation of new ideas, fields, and technology. We can identify salient papers and authors. We can construct maps that help us navigate this ever growing network. And we can better understand how information flows in social systems. These are some of the goals of the Eigenfactor Project (http://www.eigenfactor.org).