[img: Atelier Bow-Wow, Miyashita Park, Tokyo, 2011, via Detail, das Architektur Portal] ‘The common misapprehension is that a messy desk is a sign of a hard worker.’ ‘Get over the idea that your function here is to collect and process as much information as possible.’ ‘The whole mess and disorder of the desk on the left is, in fact, due to excess information.’ ‘A mess is information without value.’ ‘The whole point of cleaning off a desk is to get rid of the information you don’t want and keep the information you do want.’ ‘Who cares which candy wrapper is […]
[img: Pedro Miguel Cruz, Empires decline – revisited, 2010］ Early data visualizations in science ordered information in tree-like representations to address issues of classification and genealogy. The Encyclopédie’s Systême figuré des connaissances humaines and Darwin’s Tree of life are classical examples of this first period of data visualization. The recent shift towards issues of organized complexity in scientific inquiry (Weaver, 1948) has changed the practice of visualization, marking a transition from trees to networks. Despite a rich stream of research, network visualization still lacks a basic grammar of standardized graphic presentation as that advocated by Willard Brinton (Brinton, 1939) and […]
[img: David Chavalarias, Attention streams in the blogosphere, 2010］ This seminar will address a critical question in the application of digital methods for social science research. The web is not merely a new resource that, through the treatment of large collections of data, lets us falsify or verify long- held assumptions about the relationships between institutional culture, individual behavior and other key concepts in the social sciences. The web itself is changing the way institutions function (such as how news is produced [Bozkowski, 2009] or science gets published [Evans, 2008]), as well as how individuals interact (social networking sites offer […]
[img: Density Design, Italian Design Research Map, 2008］ As part of ENSCI’s and ESADSE’s 2014 program of design-related conferences, Paolo Ciuccarelli will be giving a talk on the visual representation of complex urban, social and organizational phenomena at ENSCI-Les Ateliers on March 20th 2014. Paolo Ciuccarelli is the head of the Communication Design Research Group, member of the Design PhD Board at Politecnico di Milano and Scientific Director and founder of the DensityDesign Research Lab. His research and publishing activities focus on the development of data, information and knowledge visualization tools and methods, to support decision making processes in complex […]
[img: Benjamin Raimbault, Pierre-Benoît Joly & Jean-Philippe Cointet, Synthetic Biology Emergence, 2013］ Scientometrics has pioneered the use of structured data to analyse the social and cognitive dynamics of science and technology. This has enabled the development of tools and methodological insights that are relevant for researchers using DMTs to study other social phenomena. The session will discuss the process of mapping scientific or technological data and show how the choice of thresholds, algorithms, layouts and scale affects interpretation. It will also address the politics of indicator design. Jean-Philippe Cointet, researcher at INRA SenS (Sciences en Société), will present recent work on […]
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, Scientometrics, 2014］ I have to believe that if the little green alien people came from a distant planet and communicated with us all else about them might be alien but they would know in some fashion or other such things as Planck’s Constant, the velocity of light and the Wave Equation. I believe they might also find reasonable points of correspondence with our scientometrics even if their social arrangements were utterly different from our own. De Solla Price, D.J., (1978), Editorial Statements. Scientometrics, 1(1), 7-8. doi:10.1007/BF02016836 (download)
[img: William Farr, Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49, 1852] On the same day as our seminar kick-off (if you want to attend, please remember to register at the following link), the British Library’s Digital Research Team is organizing a public event on “Data visualisation: Is ugly the new smart“. This coincides with the exhibition “Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight” held at British Library from 20 February 2014 to 26 May 2014.
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, porngram.sexualitics.org, 2014］ An interdisciplinary team of researchers has created a Google-Trends-like tool called Porngram that maps the evolution of keywords in the titles of 800,000 porn videos. (…) The research team – made up of five individuals (Baptiste Coulmont, Antoine Mazières, Mathieu Trachman, Jean-Philippe Cointet and Christophe Prieur) with skills across computer science, sociology, statistics, mathematics and gender studies – scraped the videos’ titles, tags, description, viewcount, comments, runtime, upload date (if available) and uploader username using a custom-made crawler. These were then analysed using a quantitative approach in a bid to try and understand the […]
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, medialab.sciences-po.fr, 2014] Preliminary findings/methodological insights of the research project “Comparative Geekography – Mapping Russian Computer Science Diaspora” will be presented on tuesday 21 January from 15:00 to 17:00 during a seminar held at Sciences Po’s médialab. More information can be found here.