IT geeks come up with one great visualisation project after the other. They have whole websites for visualising data related to information and communication technologies. Even self-ironic ones like the webcomics site xkcd which just aired this Lord of the Rings lookalike representation of online communities of the world:
Biomed and biotech communities don’t seem to map their fields in this wonderfully childish fashion. Why? Does it have something to do with the fact that biomed & biotech people are geared towards solving problems of ultimate life-and-death importance? Whereas IT and Web 2.0 people are basically kids in adult skinbags that play around to invent the next gadget for entertainment and conspicuous consumption?