Knowledge mapping for rapidly evolving domains: A design science approach

Yan Dang, Yulei Zhang, Paul Jen Hwa Hu, Susan A. Brown, Hsinchun Chen

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Knowledge mapping can provide comprehensive depictions of rapidly evolving scientific domains. Taking the design science approach, we developed a Web-based knowledge mapping system (i.e., Nano Mapper) that provides interactive search and analysis on various scientific document sources in nanotechnology. We conducted multiple studies to evaluate Nano Mapper's search and analysis functionality respectively. The search functionality appears more effective than that of the benchmark systems. Subjects exhibit favorable satisfaction with the analysis functionality. Our study addresses several gaps in knowledge mapping for nanotechnology and illustrates desirability of using the design science approach to design, implement, and evaluate an advanced information system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-427
Number of pages13
JournalDecision Support Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Design science
  • Information systems
  • Knowledge mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management


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