Science Map Copyright Synoptic-Systems GmbH

Vision

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 Sci­ence Map is a soft­ware so­lu­tion to get an overview of rel­e­vant sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion and dis­cus­sions.

Thanks to the open­ing of the World Wide Web to the pub­lic in the 1990s, huge amounts of sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion can now be found on­line. However, 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 Scientific Social Network 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 guid­ing in­stru­ments 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.

Science Map Copyright Synoptic-Systems GmbH, Drawing: J. Schmöle, Photo: Fetzer Franklin Fund

Team

Harald Hofer

Harald Hofer
Founder, Team leader and general conception

Har­ald Hofer started his ca­reer as a sys­tem de­vel­oper and pro­gram­mer in the fields of speech and voice pro­cess­ing at the global French-based en­ter­prise Al­ca­tel. In his pro­jects back then he fo­cused on se­cu­rity is­sues, es­pe­cially con­cern­ing banks, in­sur­ance groups as well as med­ical and civil se­cu­rity. Af­ter­wards he set up his own busi­ness, which spe­cial­ized in the de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tion of dis­trib­uted sys­tems. At the same time, he started to study math­e­mat­ics, later switch­ing to and grad­u­at­ing in physics. For a cou­ple of years now he has worked to­gether with a team of co­op­er­a­tion part­ners for his new com­pany Syn­op­tic-Sys­tems on the con­cep­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Sci­ence Map.

Chiara Cardelli

Chiara Cardelli
Scientific networking, fundraising and general conception

Chiara Cardelli is a recent PhD graduate in computational physics and expert in Science Communication practices. Since October 2018, she works as Science Communication Manager at the research institute IQOQI-Vienna. Between 2014 and 2018, she worked at the same time as research assistant at the University of Vienna and as project manager for the scientific education and communication programs at the NGO Sunshine4Palestine, thereby designing and organising several projects in the West Bank. She is interested and collaborated in projects and workshops in science communication, renewable energies, water quality and sanitation, gender issues in STEM, climate change and environmental protection.

Prof. Časlav Brukner

Prof. Časlav Brukner
Scientific Advisor

Caslav Brukner has been di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute for Quan­tum Op­tics and Quan­tum In­for­ma­tion (IQOQI) Vi­enna of the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences since 2013. In 2014 he be­came pro­fes­sor for quan­tum in­for­ma­tion the­ory and foun­da­tion of quan­tum physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Vi­enna. His re­search fields in­clude quan­tum foun­da­tions, quan­tum in­for­ma­tion, quan­tum non-lo­cal­ity as well as the in­ter­play be­tween quan­tum physics and grav­ity.

Elisa Asenbaum

Elisa Asenbaum
Visual conception, graphic & design

Elisa Asen­baum is artist, au­thor, cu­ra­tor and artis­tic di­rec­tor of the pro­ject space G.A.S-sta­tion, Tankstelle für Kunst und Im­puls (Berlin), which she co-founded in 2008. She stud­ied ce­ram­ics, new me­dia, paint­ing and graph­ics at the Acad­emy of Ap­plied Arts Vi­enna. Since 2008 she has ini­ti­ated and sup­ported pro­jects at the in­ter­face be­tween art and sci­ence, e.g., in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary works in co­op­er­a­tion with sci­en­tists. In 2015, G.A.S-sta­tion was ho­n­oured by the city of Berlin for 'out­stand­ing in­de­pen­dent art spaces and ini­tia­tives which en­rich the spec­trum of fine arts by ex­per­i­men­tal and orig­i­nal pro­grams'. In 2016, Elisa Asen­baum pub­lished her first novel AU­GUSTI­NAselbst, eine Erzäh­lung mit kon­textuellen Spuren im Netz at the pub­lisher Pas­sagen.

Daniel Ruthardt and Judith Rangel

Daniel Ruthardt & Judith Rangel
Software and database development

The team Dionix has de­vel­oped soft­ware so­lu­tions of dif­fer­ent kinds and man­i­fold ap­pli­ca­tions for more than 15 years. The team’s spe­cial­ties are de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion as well as the sup­port of soft­ware so­lu­tions. In this con­text, the re­quire­ments of the pro­ject, the processes, and their cus­tomers are al­ways of cen­tral rel­e­vance in or­der to pro­vide pro­fes­sional, ef­fi­cient and cre­ative so­lu­tions.

Tanja Traxler

Tanja Traxler
Scientific content

Tanja Traxler is sci­ence ed­i­tor at the Aus­trian news­pa­per DER STAN­DARD as well as PhD stu­dent and lec­turer at the fac­ulty of physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Vi­enna. She grad­u­ated in 2011 with a diploma the­sis in the­o­ret­i­cal quan­tum me­chan­ics. In her in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary PhD the­sis (funded by the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences) she un­der­takes a philo­soph­i­cal analy­sis of space con­cepts in physics. She has been in­vited as a guest re­searcher to the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Cruz and Twente Uni­ver­sity in En­schede, Nether­lands. In nu­mer­ous pro­jects, e.g., at the Acad­emy of Fine Arts Vi­enna, Tanzquartier Wien, Eye Film In­sti­tute Am­s­ter­dam and Viertelfes­ti­val Niederöster­re­ich, she has in­ves­ti­gated the con­nec­tion of art and sci­ence.

Roland Jekel

Roland Jekel
Testing

Roland Jekel is a com­puter en­thu­si­ast and in­ter­ested in emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and fu­ture trends. With good in­tu­itive un­der­stand­ing of user ex­pe­ri­ence he has worked on web pro­jects for agen­cies and star­tups since 2010. He de­vel­oped a sci­en­tific mind­set when he started to study com­puter sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Vi­enna and would have loved to use Sci­ence Map back then, which is his main mo­ti­va­tion to sup­port this pro­ject.

Nenad Steric

Nenad Steric
Software development

Ne­nad Steric has run a one-man busi­ness for 20 years. He is a soft­ware de­signer and de­vel­oper whose work ranges from the ex­e­cu­tion of sin­gle pro­jects and co­op­er­a­tion with other en­ter­prises to con­tribut­ing to multi­na­tional pro­jects. He works as a full-stack de­vel­oper in man­i­fold ways, i.e., not only as a de­vel­oper in front- and back­end with dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies and lan­guages, but also in all stages of a pro­ject – from re­quire­ment analy­sis, sys­tem de­sign and pro­gram­ming to the sup­port of im­ple­mented sys­tems.

Ahmad Bassel

Ahmad Bassel
Data collection

Ah­mad Bas­sel comes from Syria, he speaks his mother tongue Ara­bic as well as Ger­man and Eng­lish. Liv­ing in Aus­tria since 2010, he stud­ied physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Vi­enna and grad­u­ated in 2016. Dur­ing his stud­ies he fo­cused on quan­tum phe­nom­ena in bio-mol­e­cules and nanopar­ti­cles. Cur­rently he is em­ployed by the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences, where he con­tin­ues to de­velop his skills in the fields of soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and data analy­sis.

Christian Neuhold

Christian Neuhold
Technical consultant

Af­ter fin­ish­ing uni­ver­sity stud­ies of com­mer­cial com­puter sci­ence with a mas­ter de­gree in the area of mas­sive par­al­leliz­ing com­pil­ers, start of a ca­reer in soft­ware de­vel­op­ment fo­cus­ing on re­la­tional data­base sys­tems. Ad­vance­ment into the di­rec­tion of soft­ware and so­lu­tion ar­chi­tec­ture as well as soft­ware prod­uct and qual­ity man­age­ment within dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries, from bank­ing to footwear. Cur­rently oc­cu­pied as so­lu­tion ar­chi­tect in en­ergy busi­ness.

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