Manuel Lima, currently senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing but maybe best known from the (now sparsely updated) blog Visual Complexity and his recent book with the same title, like to discuss the power of network visualisation in a wide and conceptually rich manner.
Networks are everywhere. The brain is a network of nerve cells connected by axons, and cells themselves are networks of molecules connected by biochemical reactions. Societies, too, are networks of people linked by friendships, familial relationships and professional ties.
Links between hundreds of millions of names belonging to people around the world have been analysed by geographers from UCL and the University of Auckland.
Gephi is an open-source software for visualizing and analyzing large networks graphs. Gephi uses a 3D render engine to display graphs in real-time and speed up the exploration. Use Gephi to explore, analyse, spatialise, filter, cluterize, manipulate and export all types of graphs.
The recent ICT revolution has given birth to a parallel world of digital traces. This change affects a wide number of contexts of collaborative knowledge creation, from casual discussions, political arguments, to scientific elaboration and participative decision-making.