A GALLERY OF SOCIAL STRUCTURES


Network Visualization


The Network gallery documents work in progress in our efforts to visualize social structures. The aim is to develop experience how automatic procedures can be combined with aesthetics to ease insight into usually complex phenomena.

There are two tracks which visitors to our gallery can follow. As the visualizations stem from varying subject domains you may choose to follow the  subject track, which organizes the presentation around the thematic aspects of the datasets.

If your interest is more formal, you may wish to enter the  technical laboratory. Here we demonstrate methodological approaches for handling empirical data. This will often move quickly through various substantive domains where similar technical problems arise.

There is also a html version of an article Simple Representations of Complex Networks , which describes some of the underlying techniques and contains a discussion of modelling problems. It is shown that the underlying principles can be extended from simple examples to the visualisation of complex systems of social structures. You can download a zipped postscript version of this article.


We have installed a Bulletin Board. The Bulletin Board allows all visitors of the Social Structures Gallery to communicate, discuss and share their impressions. It is also very much appreciated if you make suggestions for enhancements, point to related work etc...

The NetVis Bulletin Board also contains up date info on new visualizations which have not yet been integrated into the Gallery. 


Here is my eight year old son's Mischa's Kids' Network Page .


A chronological listing of additions is now available from my  What's New page. 
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Lothar Krempel, MPI für Gesellschaftsforschung, Lothringerstr.78, 50677 Köln, Germany 
email: krempel@mpi-fg-koeln.mpg.de