AIDA Workshop – Science Mapping and Research Positioning

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Date/Time: 24-May-2017/12:00-17:00
Location:  Oranje zaal,  TU Delft Library
Participants: 24

Workshop Partners
TU Delft
Erasmus University
Leiden University


Around 120,000 scholarly papers are published every month. The increase in publishing channels of these papers, contradictions and inaccuracies in available meta information, and the ease of duplication and transmission of research articles have caused major difficulties in digestion of ever-increasing research data for researchers.
Therefore, there is a great need for tools that can automatically identify research trends and detect research foci. Such tools help researchers to efficiently collect evidence of their research impact, and find fruitful collaboration opportunities across different research disciplines. The good news is that such tools already exist and new ones are introduced occasionally. The AIDA workshop will focus on the most recent developments in “science mapping” which helps researchers to effectively position their research within the relevant communities, stay up to date in their research field and make predictions about the future of their research.

Generating the TU Delft Research Profile with VOSViewer

At the end of this workshop you will be able to efficiently collect data from the online platforms such as Web of Science and Scopus, and to use the VOSviewer software, designed by Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), to visualize the collected data in the form of “term maps”, “co-authorship maps” and “citation maps”. These visualizations are sources of valuable insights that you can use in writing new literature review papers, preparing grant proposals and starting fruitful collaborations with your peers.


Introducing researchers from TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University into research analysis tools that enable them to

  • explore large bodies of literature
  • get an overview of the research landscape in their domain of interest
  • position individuals or research groups within a larger community


  • Welcome, lunch
  • AIDA Toolbox Introduction
  • Visualization of Science
  • Tutorials
    • Data Sources
    • Term Maps
    • Co-authorship Maps
    • Citation Maps
  • Discussion


Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with them.


Online registration is mandatory to attend the workshop. The number of available seats is limited and April 30th is the last day to register. The workshop is open for researchers and PhD candidates, if you are interested in attending the workshop, please use the workshop registration form.

AIDA: Automatic Identification of Research Trends