Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Visualizing Wikipedia

Chris Harrison, over at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has some beautiful visualizations of Wikipedia's network structure. He calls this project WikiViz.
Apart from the stunning visuals, I am thankful to Chris for two ideas that came to me:
- Can Visualizations in the form of Graphs of Wikipedia be analyzed from the point of view of Meme Theory?
- Can I use GraphViz (or similar tools) to develop visualizations for concepts in Religious Texts?
Chris has, in another interesting project, undertaken a visualization of the social network present in the Bible (
Similar visualizations for the Gita and Quran should be possible. What would be the motive?
Some vague thoughts swimming in my mind at this stage- Memes, Clusters, Selective Pressures, Evolutionary theories of Culture.

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