Genealogy of Influence
September 28th, 2006


I’ve been working on a project I call a Genealogy of Influence to visualize the biographical entries on Wikipedia as a directed graph, with edges denoting directions of creative influence. I use color to denote artist, writer, philosopher/social scientist, mathematician or scientist. I found a nice toolkit, Touchgraph written by Alex Shapiro, that allows hinted text to appear when you hover, recentering by clicking, changes to zoom or locality, and double-click to a URL (the Wikipedia page).

I went through and manually wrote the XML file as a proof of concept – that there is a lot of great information buried in these pages that could have a more intuitive and fun navigational interface.

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