COSIT at Twenty: Measuring Research Trends and Interdisciplinarity
We have performed a topic classification procedure on a text corpus consisting of the proceedings for all ten meetings of the Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT) held between 1992 and 2009, providing a measure with which to answer several kinds of questions about the dynamic conceptual content of that conference series. We have identified topics trending upward and downward, looking particularly at the level of research interest in cultural factors. We have also investigated whether there has been growing interdisciplinarity in the research reported at COSIT meetings by this diverse and dynamic scholarly community. Preliminary results are presented, planned future work is discussed, and additional questions are invited.