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.
The LibViz datavisualisation NATHALIE MAGNAN shows different fields of activities explored by
Nathalie Magnan in her teachings, writings, translation works, activism and art practices.
For readibility purposes we made 6 simples categories : ART / ACTIVISME / CYBERFEMINISME /
ENSEIGNEMENT / PRESSE / THEMES / THEORIE DES MEDIAS. Main explored topics are
identified in THEMES.
The first task of the project was the collect, digitalisation and indexation of Nathalie Magnan
works&articles in a Zotero data base, wether they were online or not. The indexation has been done in
french, but cover her english work as well. From this corpus it was possible to extend the dataset in order
to create a matrix of potential meta-relations interconnecting Nathalie Magnan main research fields,
thematics and people or organisations she worked with. This dataviz is a tool for the navigation in the
large sprectrum of actions, theoretical works, argumentations and narratives covered by Nathalie Magnan.
The Zotero library was coordinated by Ewen Chardronnet. The different persons involved in the
organisation of « TRANS/BORDER : Les Enseignements de Nathalie Magnan » and of the « Edit-a-thon
Wikipédia Art+Feminism » organised in Paris (Gaîté lyrique), Bourges (Ecole nationale supérieure d’art /
Bandits-Mages) and Bruxelles (Ecole de recherche graphique), have contributed to collect datas and to
put them in the Zotero database.
The support of Ping and specially Julien Bellanger, the support of
Labomedia and mostly Benjamin Cadon gave us the understanding of the tools we decided to use for
this project : the use of Zotero database and the transcription in a D3JS visualisation. The work of
transcription from Zotero to D3JS, the machinery and the graphic design of the dataviz was produced by
Contact dataviz : jparis.py-at-gmail.com \ Contact for Nathalie Magnan’s Zotero library : e.chardronnet-
at-gmail.com \ LibViz was developed with the support of the CNC-Dicream in the context of the Aliens
in Green project (aliensingreen.eu).
Ewen Chardronnet wants to thank Reine Prat, Isabelle Carlier, Marie Lechner, Isabelle Arvers, Chloé