Digital Humanities
Network Visualization Tool

Custom software for the
visualization of social networks

2015–2017

BACKGROUND

Network visualization and analysis are becoming more important research methods in the historical sciences in the context of Digital Humanities. I am developing a custom tool for graph drawing that facilitates interactive network research in a biographical database.

Network Visualization Tool

CONCEPT

Unlike most visualization software that strictly separates data work from graph drawing, I am developing an intuitive environment for real-time network research. Researchers can browse through and filter the data set via the minimalist interface without having to wrangle any raw data in the underlying database tables.

My aim is to enable an immersive research workflow without disruption by data acrobatics.

Network Visualization Software

TECHNICAL

The 90000+ entry data set of the prototype is structured live: The software creates edges and nodes dynamically, using a custom force-directed algorithm for graph drawing. A dynamic “edge bundling” feature further reduces visual clutter.

The program is written in the C# programming language using the Unity3D development platform.

Network Visualization