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The general Sci2 Tool user interface is shown in Figure 2.3.

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Figure 2.3: Sci2 Tool Interface Components

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In the 'File' menu, the first option after clicking on 'Load' is 'Select a File':

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Figure 2.4: Using 'Load' to select a file in Sci2

The 'File' menu functionality includes loading multiple data formats (see section 2.3 Data Formats for details), loading ISI and NSF data into a database, saving and viewing results, and merging or splitting node and edge files. 'Load and Clean ISI File' automatically normalizes author names and merges duplicate records, and is specifically designed for text-based scientometric workflows (algorithms within 'Data Preparation > Text Files'). For database manipulation of ISI or NSF files, use 'File > Load ...' A pop-up window will appear allowing you to select what sort of file you are importing (Scopus or ISI csv, for example) or how you want the Sci2 Tool to read the file ('ISI scholarly format' or 'ISI database,' for example).

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Figure 2.5: The 'Load' pop-up window

The 'Console' window documents all operations performed on the data.

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Figure 2.6: Sci2's Console and Schedule after successfully loading a database file

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After loading a file, use options in the 'Data Preparation' menu to clean the data and create networks or tables which can be used in the preprocessing, analysis, and visualization steps. The 'Data Preparation > Database' menu is specifically for ISI or NSF data previously loaded into a database. Options in 'Data Preparation > Text Files' are for any table-based datasets (like csv files) and are used to extract networks. Find detailed information on each menu item in section 3.1 Sci2 Tool Plugins.

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Figure 2.7: Data Preparation options

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Use preprocessing algorithms to prune or append networks or tables before analyzing and visualizing them. The menu is separated by domain, and most simple tasks require staying within the same domain. For example, to visualize a co-authorship network, only use algorithms within the 'Networks' domain under 'Preprocessing', 'Analysis', and 'Visualization'. Similarly, a geographic map requires only 'Geospatial' algorithms. Find detailed information on each menu item in section 3.1 Sci2 Tool Plugins.

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Figure 2.8: Preprocessing options

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Once data is loaded, prepared, and processed with whatever features needed, analysis is possible in each of the four domains: temporal, geospatial, topical, or network.

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Figure 2.9: Analysis options

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The Sci2 Tool supports the creation of new networks via pre-defined models. Learn more about modeling in section 4.10 Modeling (Why?).

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Figure 2.10: Modeling options

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Once all previous data steps are complete, the Sci2 Tool can visualize the results. The most popular choice for visualizing networks is the GUESS toolkit, or DrL for much larger scale networks. Geocoded data can be represented on a map of the world or the United States, and temporal or topical data can be viewed using the horizontal bar graph. Find detailed information on each menu item in section 3.1 Sci2 Tool Plugins.

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Figure 2.11: Visualization options

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The 'Help' menu leads to online documentation, advanced tool configuration, and detailed development information.

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Figure 2.12: Help options

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