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.
Database ENDOCRINE DISRUPTION shows -substances- disrupting endocrinian system in human (males and females) and also in non humans, with their -biological effects- and -societal effects- on them.
It shows -controversial organisations- producing endocrine disruptors and -antagonist organisations- which struggle against them.
Through the database it is possible to watch a large set of -scientific articles- in order to evaluate ways of action of endocrine disruptors.
Pathways to investigate the different sets of datas, their structure and relationships :
a - Recognizing the tags ? Please click in LEGEND . See the different COLORS of each tag, and learn to make distinction.
b - Hierarchising the tags ? Please click the tag SUBSTANCE + RADIAL.
You see a circle with the different substances indexed in the database
You can add all the BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIETAL EFFECTS directly connected with these SUBSTANCES.
And, when you have watched different nodes associating substances and effects, to connect them to organisations which produces substances,
and organisation which produce conflicts with the controversial organisations and uses.
The first moment of the project was the indexation of scientific articles related to hormones and specifically xeno-hormones and endocrine disruptors
in a Zotero data base. From this scientific corpus it was possible to create a matrix of potential inquiries interconnecting substances,
biological and societal effects, organisations and scandals related to the diffusion and effects of substances on humans and non humans organisms.
This dataviz is a tool for the conception of argumentations and narratives relative to endocrine disruptors but also the power and interests related to them.
The different persons involved in the collective group Aliens in green, mostly the artist group Bureau d'etudes and the writer Ewen Chardronnet,
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 give us the understanding of the tools than we decide 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 is produced by Julien Paris.
Contact dataviz : jparis.py-at-gmail.com
\Contact Aliens in green : bureaudetudes-at-gmail.com, e.chardronnet-at-gmail.com
\Administrative support of the conception : association Champ des possibles, 03210 Saint Menoux (France)
\Co-financement for the development : CNC-Dicream