The company Synoptic-Systems was founded with the vision to make art, culture and science accessible to everyone.
Our ambition is to create a free online platform to present, discuss and engage with scientific findings and ongoing research questions in an entirely novel way. What Synoptic-Systems wants to provide with the project Science Map is a software solution to get an overview of relevant scientific information and discussions.
Thanks to the opening of the WWW to the public in the 1990s, huge amounts of scientific information can now be found online – however, with a huge variance in quality. Moreover, the easier it gets to find detailed information on specific topics on the web, the harder is it to obtain a broad overview of scientific discourses and findings. Questions arise, such as: Which is the general context in which scientific information plays its role? Who are the major players in specific fields? How have certain disciplines developed? Where do relevant conferences and seminars take place? In principle, if one wants to dig deep into scientific questions, the information is already out there but there is a lack of guiding instruments for finding one’s way to estimating how representative and reliable certain information is. The goal of the web 2.0 platform Science Map is to offer such guidance by providing entirely new visualizations of scientific data and contents.
We believe that there is dire need for such a platform and that it would be of crucial relevance for current social challenges. Like never before, scientific knowledge is the key to success – from the individual level to the level of nations and global competition.