[FRIAM] The Mental Munition Factory: A breakthrough in data visualization,

Tom Johnson tom at jtjohnson.com
Mon Dec 19 14:07:43 EST 2011


This may be of interest to some of us....

Earlier this month, the National Science Foundation
announced<http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=122509&org=NSF>a
new system to help researchers make sense of stores of scientific
papers,
and potentially find the “next big thing.”

The Action Science Explorer <http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/ase/>, or ASE,
developed jointly by University of Michigan and University of Maryland
faculty, takes a difficult cognitive task -- backtracking through paper
citations to identify a breakthrough -- and “offloads” it to the much
easier task of perceiving density in network visualizations. In other
words, it takes mounds of difficult to digest research, and uses social
network analysis techniques and graphing to make the information
immediately recognizable.
http://www.mentalmunition.com/2011/12/breakthrough-in-data-visualization-what.html

-tj
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