Zotero is a tool allowing to bookmark webpages and to organise them in folders, add tags, comments, and so on.
But such references are almost always interlinked : an article in a magazine, a webpage, a story you heard, or a book often refers to other books, page, etc...
If you try to draw the network references of every book in a library this could quickly become really complex, the map of interelations becomes a huuuge maze.
With, LibViz we tried to make visible such networks, but foremost to make networks of interlinked references you can navigate in and manipulate.
The graphs are generated from public Zotero sets of references such as
so in short, LibViz :
explore and play with references
LibViz started as a part of 1.CAMP,
which is a larger project aiming to cross different topics as the anthropocene era, art, new practices, scientific research, ...
Julien Bellanger could tell more about this part...
Then other people - namely Ewen Chardonnet and Xavier - joined the project, wanting some visualisation for their own datasets :
their other bibliographical references gathered in
Considering all datas had the same root (i.e. Zotero) we thought about making an application able to display those different datasets from one and only place.
The LibViz project eventually aimed to be as 'neutral' as possible to accept any kind of dataset from Zotero.
UNDER THE HOOD
LibViz development is documented
and on GitHub.
Based on a previous work published in "Le Monde Diplomatique" this dataset represents the structure of french medias ownership :
from the few main wealthy families owning major industrial groups to almost every french press organisation
All references are picked from Wikipedia and then referenced in Zotero in three different groups :
"persons" (owning majority of the media/industrial groups) / "industrial groups" / press (newspaper, tv channels, internet newspaper)
Datas gathered in Zotero by Julien Paris from layout by Jeremie Fabre & Marie Beyer