Andrea Scharnhorst


1986 …2021

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Research interests

Main research areas

Models, mathematical, non-linear, dynamic

  • Social change as search in complex knowledge landscapes – framework  G_O_E_THE (Geometrically Oriented Evolutionary THEories) and interactive simulations (EVOLINO)
  • Complex networks
  • Science dynamics and science development
  • Innovation dynamics and technological change
  • Emergence of norms in social groups and learning strategies under uncertainty
  • Emergence of new scientific fields, scientific careers and field mobility
  • Evolution of knowledge organization systems (Wikipedia categories, UDC)
  • Evolution of scholarly communication and the future of libraries and archives
  • Modelling the use of competences for problem solving

Measurement, indicators

  • Scientometrics; Science, technology and innovation indicators (including webindicators)
  • Matthew effect of science
  • Societal impact of research
  • Baseline statistics applied to metadata of collections, user behaviour


  • Science maps
  • Knowledge maps for collections
  • Visual enhanced interfaces to collections of libraries and archives


  • Theoretical physics; statistical physics; socio and econophysics, infophysics
  • Philosophy of science, science history and science and technology studies(sts)
  • Scientometrics
  • Information Sciences


Short bio

Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst is senior research fellow at DANS. In her academic career she moved from statistical physics, to philosophy of science, scientometrics and information sciences. She has published on models of innovation and science dynamics, the Matthew effect in science, the evolution of classification systems, the use of digital research archives, visual interfaces for information navigation, and the application of linked data in the humanities. Often her work entails the transfer of concepts and methods at an interface between physics and social sciences and humanities.

Dr. Scharnhorst coordinated and participated in several EU- and national funded projects. From 2013-2017 she was chair of the COST Action TD1210 "Knowescape". Most recently, she was one of the PI's of the Digging into Data project "Digging into the knowledge graph".

Dr. Scharnhorst publishes regularly in Information Science journals. She is co-editor of the following books:

Smiraglia, R., A. Scharnhorst (Eds.) (2020) Linking Knowledge. Würzburg, Ergon (in preparation)

Wouters, Paul, Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst, and Sally Wyatt (Eds.). (2013). Virtual Knowledge. Experimenting in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Scharnhorst, Andrea, Katy Börner, and Peter Besselaar (Eds.). (2012). Models of Science Dynamics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-23068-4. 

Pyka, A., A. Scharnhorst (Eds.) (2009) Innovation Networks – New Approaches in Modelling and Analyzing. Springer, Berlin et al. 330 pages


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • QC Physics
  • Z665 Library Science. Information Science


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  • DARIAH Annual event 2021

    Frank Fischer (Chair), Francesca Morselli (Chair), Femmy Admiraal (Chair), Andrea Scharnhorst (Member of programme committee), Edward Gray (Member of programme committee), Georgios Artopoulos (Member of programme committee), Matej Durco (Member of programme committee), Agiatis Benardou (Member of programme committee), Kalman Tibor (Member of programme committee), Marianne Huang (Member of programme committee) & Almila Akdag (Member of programme committee)

    07 Sep 202109 Sep 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

  • ISSI Doctoral Forum 2021

    Vincent Lariviere (Examiner), Andrea Scharnhorst (Examiner), Cassidy Sugimoto (Examiner), Alesia Zuccala (Examiner), Guillaume Cabanac (Examiner) & Jens Peter Andersen (Examiner)

    12 Jul 2021

    Activity: Teaching/Examination/SupervisionTeaching activityAcademic

  • TaskForce Semantic Interoperability

    Andrea Scharnhorst (Advisor), Oscar Corcho (Advisor), Kurt Baumann (Advisor) & Sadia Vancauwenbergh (Advisor)

    15 May 202114 Jun 2021

    Activity: Expert adviceAcademic

  • Data management

    Andrea Scharnhorst (Examiner)

    11 May 2021

    Activity: Teaching/Examination/SupervisionTeaching activityAcademic

  • Berlin University Alliance (Publisher)

    Andrea Scharnhorst (Editor)

    25 Apr 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review