Network Visualizations

A network visualization is a graphic representation of the relationships among participants in or components of a “network,” be that network logical, physical, human, or what-have-you in nature.  This type of information product literally helps one see the contribution of each member of a network to the whole.  Network visualization is becoming increasingly important to many disciplines, especially those where so-called “big data” presents challenges to traditional approaches to interpretation.  In general, network visualization projects require that students...

  • Prepare input data to ensure consistency and clarity
  • Test design elements against usability best practices
  • Revisit assumptions about the impact of parts on a whole

Recommended tool

  • Gephi—Gephi is a free,  open-source, powerful and flexible visualization tool

Teaching materials