Navigational visualizations of socio-semantic information spacesraversing complexity: Navigational visualizations of socio-semantic information spaces
Marian Dörk will talk about Traversing complexity at the médilab's seminar
Event, Research Seminar
Salle du médialab, 13 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris
"Regardless whether analyzing social networks, scientific publications, or cultural collections, we view the world increasingly through the lens of networks. While highly condensed aggregates of complex phenomena may reveal global patterns, common network visualization techniques are using force-directed layouts that tend to represent complex relational datasets as thick hairballs. In this talk, I challenge the 'overview first' convention in information visualization and suggest new modes of representation that favor iterative navigation along situated perspectives. I will present experimental visualization techniques that are explicitly designed towards interpretative and exploratory engagements with data. These techniques illustrate how explicit and implicit relationships among entities can be teased out using interactive visualizations. The examples include co-authorship and influence networks, cross-referenced books, and art-historical collections. I am particularly interested to discuss together how such techniques could enable novel modes of enquiry in the context of digital humanities and computational social science."
Marian Dörk is a research professor for information visualization at the Urban Futures Institute for Applied Research of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Since Fall 2014 he leads a 3-year research project on visualizing cultural collections and since January 2015 he has been co-directing the Urban Complexity Lab, a research space at the intersection between information visualization and urban transformation.