Max Planck Research Networks

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Information Aesthetics, Installation, Work | No Comments


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Visualization design and production by Moritz Stefaner with support in coding by me.
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This multi-touch installation reveals how Max Planck Institutes collaborate with each other, and with their international partners.
The network view shows the Max Planck Institutes and their connections. The size of the circles represents the number of scientific publications for each institute, and the width of the connecting lines the number of jointly published papers between two institutes.
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The map of Max Planck institutes on the right shows you their respective locations, whereas the world map on the bottom shows the locations of external collaboration partners.
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Touching an institute icon on the multitouch screen centers the view around it and highlights its most important collaboration partners. Visitors can move and zoom all views by touching and ‘pinching’ (moving two fingers together or apart). The international flow of ideas is represented metaphorically by streams of energy particles, being continuously exchanged between the institutions.
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For this visualization, we analysed over 94,000 publications, from more than 16’000 institutions over the last ten years from SciVerse Scopus.
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