13 January 2015

Researchers’ Help Needed For Crowdsourced Map of UK Science Landscape

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology is looking at the UK science landscape. The aim of this project is to build a picture of the whole research landscape in the UK and to develop a stronger evidence base. This evidence base will help to inform future strategic decision-making and help the UK to maintain and develop its excellence in research.

As part of the project, the Council for Science and Technology (CST) wish to understand better how the UK’s research community defines itself and the links and interconnections that exist between research disciplines. To help to do this, the UK Knowledge Landscape Tool has been developed to gather data from researchers on the disciplines, dependencies and key infrastructure they think make up modern research.

To be part of this experimental approach, researchers can log on and create an account on the UK Knowledge Landscape Tool website.

CST are interested in crowdsourcing a large amount of data which will be analysed for statistically significant patterns across the whole body of responses and then used to produce outputs such as taxonomies or maps. The more responses the tool has, the better the mappings are likely to be, therefore, they welcome your input.

Any queries about the project or the map should be directed to cate.dobson@go-science.gsi.gov.uk.