Astrobiology Integrative Research Framework.
The goal of the AIRFrame project is to assess the extent to which publications by NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) researchers demonstrate actual and potential interdisciplinarity.
We have developed and tested several data mining techniques to cluster research publications and NAI report documents to identify implicit interdisciplinary connections, and are comparing the results of our clustering studies with the goals of the Astrobiology Roadmap in order to develop a scalable, data-driven method of identifying and measuring interdisciplinary research across all NAI teams.
This project directly addresses two elements of the NAI’s core mission:
Interactive Map of NASA Astrobiology Institute Research
We have used machine learning algorithms to group astrobiology-related articles and other documents submitted by the 14 NAI-funded teams in 3 years of their annual reports. The connections between documents found with this method have been plotted as a network graph or map. This graph has now been rendered as a fully interactive visualization of the structure of NAI research for you to explore:
This research is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through the NASA Astrobiology Institute under Cooperative Agreement No. NNA08DA77A issued through the Office of Space Science.