Wednesday, July 26, 2006

SoNIA Related Papers A Stanford project in advanced visualization of networks

Stanford's Sonia project is of interest to us. John Maloney is working with them on advanced visualization for value networks.

Good list of link to academic papers and citations
SoNIA Related Papers

anacubis Viewer

Here's another visualization tool from i2 anacubis. The link provides a tutorial.

anacubis Viewer

The Global Hyperbolic Tree

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This visualization is from a presentation I used to depict the deal flow filter of VentureStream, an early stage company accelerator that I founded in 2000.

It varies from the inxight Star Tree in providing a 2 1/2D spherical appearance, and the power of the visual is enhanced over the 2D Star Tree map.

It was obtained from Tamara Munzner when she was working at Stanford. Tamara specializes in visualization and has worked in this field for 2 decades. She is now an assistant professor of Computer Science at University of British Columbia

Tamara Munzner

Tamara Munzner, UBC Home Page
There are some examples here of Tamara's work.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Inxight's Star Tree with links to demos

Hyperbolic trees are a powerful visualization tool for large collections of text, image or web objects.

The link below will take you to customer implementations using the Inxight Star ( hyperbolic) Tree software tools. StarTree is available as an SDK with API's for "mashups" with a variety of data sources.

Welcome to Inxight Software, Inc.

After clicking the link go to the sidebar ( screen shot is pictured here on the right) and click on Richard Saul Wurman's 2000 book Understanding USA. If you have a moment more, return to the Inxight page and click on the NSDL ( National Sciences Data Library) implementation.

Both of these "demos" give you a look at the power of Hyperbolic Trees in visualizing complex information. Richard Saul Wurman is the author of Understanding USA and also author of the seminal book Information Anxiety.

Quoting Richard "Conversation is the most natural, effective, yet most complex mode of human connection. The goal of conversation is understanding between the participants.

Successful visual communication design can be defined as frozen conversation much as wonderful architecture is referred to as frozen music.

Understanding information is power."

I've always regarded Richard as the consummate Information Architect.

After you have had a chance to play with the Star Tree demos, I'd like your comments on whether you found them "successful visual interfaces.

Understanding USA - Understanding UNDERSTANDING

Understanding USA - Understanding UNDERSTANDING: "Conversation is the most natural, effective, yet most complex mode of human connection. The goal of conversation is understanding between the participants.

Successful visual communication design can be defined as frozen conversation much as wonderful architecture is referred to as frozen music.

Understanding information is power."

Saturday, July 22, 2006

What's missing at - latest rev.

Critt Jarvis has decided he wants to concentrate only on proposing ConversationBase to serve as his "way in" to a deeper conversation with Vic Gundotra and Larry Brilliant to serve the needs of Vic's response to Critt was very friendly, but indicated no sense of urgency to engage in applying ConversationBase for the next 6 weeks beyond exploring the features of ConversationBase himself.

As a result of these recent outcomes, and discussion with some of the Augment Team principals listed below, I have shifted the emphasis of this outline for the potential development of a Value Network for to accomodate both Critt's approach to as well as to open a conversation with inviting them to explore the design and development of the GoogleFoundation Value Network (GFVN) preliminarily described herein.


Borrowing a term from the visionary work of Doug Engelbart and his Bootstrap Institute over the past 40 years I have used the term Augment to indicate our understanding of the process that that could extend and enhance the already broad array of existing resources in Larry Brilliant's portfolio. Of potentially great value to of these Augment Teams is their leading edge development of Value Networks in corporate settings around the world, and their remarkable connectivity for outreach to added resources available to them from their personal or organizational value nets constructed over many years.

What follows benefits from initial conversations with the principals of each Augment Team.

Augment Team #1.

Value Network Analysis and Development.

I have invited Verna Allee and John Maloney as world-class principals in the design and construction of Value Networks. to join us in this proposal to add the value of their work in applying value network analysis and design techniques, and their extensive network of SME's throughout the world.

Under their stewardship, starting in January, 2006, Verna and John have created the Value Network Consortium and have already enlisted the involvement and active participation in the Consortium of leading information technology firms and business innovators. The Consortium members are already actively (both collaboratively and, where necessary, individually) exploring the application of the theories of Value Network Analysis and Design to leverage the power of their "intangible assets" both internally and in their external value "webs" and to help them find new ways to organize, transform and innovate their organizations and their extended networks in an increasingly complex world of exponential change.

To achieve the tasks described below and also to add new and important tasks that will arise from this this collaborative work, Verna and John have recommended that participate as active members in the Value Network Consortium. They are ready to provide a brief presentation of the benefits of Consortium membership to and create an "easy on ramp" for into the exciting exploration and application of Value Networks

Here are some of the early GFVN projects that could explore as members of the Value Network Consortium:

Task 1. A Value Network analysis of Larry Brilliant's impressive network of resources would proceed from a view of the current state of Larry's portfolio of assets, show how the network "overlays"'s mission definition of unmet global needs, identify any "white spaces" indicating what's missing from the network, and then craft an initial prescriptive proposal for filling the gaps and augmenting the strength and robustness of his purpose-built Value Network.

This work can be seen as responding to Larry's vow to operate like a venture capital investor would - and Value Network analysis as proposed should not seem foreign to Larry or to his very talented staff.

Larry has publicly described's hybrid organization as part 501(c)3, part C Corp and part academic environment, which he says gives him the potential to "play many more keys on the keyboard". The proposed Value Network Analysis will give him a much better view of the "keyboard" , and empower him and his network participants to invent new "keys"where needed and to co-create new, never-heard-before compositions.

Task 2. A graphic visualization of the Value Network in its current state and the provision of an analysis database collected from currently available public information and then, in collaboration with staff and exective leaders of, the data collection necessary to complete a BETA Version of the Google Foundation Value Network (GFVN). A portfolio of Value Network designs and supporting documentation would be made available from the Value Network Consortium to to illustrate the use of these analytic and visualization and education in their use by the Augment Team members.

It is expected that the first priority project for Value Network Analysis would the expansion and enhancement of the Global Public Health Information Network as described by Larry in his public interviews on the Plan of Execution for INSTEDD.

Augment Team #2:

Enhance the collaborative power of the members of the GFVN, and provide facilitative design and development services to accelerate the healthy and sustainable growth of the GFVN

The members of Team #2 are the principals of InnovationLabs, a firm with 20 year track record of facilitating collaborative design projects with corporations and NGO's internationally. I have worked with this team for over 10 years on projects of all kinds from startup due diligence and business model design, to the design and development of Adoption Engines for global system integrators and consulting firms, to very large collaborations with principal stakeholders in the Health Care Industry.

In my opinion the proposed GFVN will prosper best in a facilitated, collaborative design environment supported by people with proven skills in accelerating the collaborative process of innovation. InnovationLabs is one of the best in the world at doing this exciting work.

I expect that the work of collaborative design would integrate the work of Augment Team #1 and provide facilitation for the design of the GFVN.

Augment Team #3. Global Resource Networks and Application experience in Visualization of complex systems and geospatial information arrays.

The members of this team are Dr. Tim Foresman, Chuck Stein and Manuel Lima.

A great deal of the value of GFVN will be its ability to apply the proven tools of GIS and Remote Sensing via satellite and other detection sources including human intelligence gatherers on the ground to provide geospatial data and visual analysis tools to
make sense for all stakeholders of the patterns arising from a very complex set of information.

Dr. Foresman and Mr. Stein bring their experience, resource networks and specialized software tools for gathering and displaying geospatial information which will augment the existing google mapping tools and expertise by adding deep and broad access to the global sources and policy makers engaged in the active development and use of standards-based Geographic Information Systems and specialized knowledge and software tools for creating immersive, interactive 3D geospatial displays.

Manuel Lima is a talented researcher with a specialization in the visualizing of complexity and is currently engaged in a landmark study of complexity visualization projects featuring over 300 separate corporate, government and NGO entities. Mr. Lima has a unique set of visualizaton experience, enabling him to see emerging patterns from multiple complexity arrays and thus to provide a metalevel pattern recognition skill to identify order emerging from complexity.

The work of this team would connect GFVN into a broad array of visualization and analytic tools, data resources and expert practitioners and would be integrated into the work being performed by Teams #1 and #2.

The ConversationBase tools that Critt is working with can be applied to assist all the participants in this proposed collaboration to remain in close touch and current with the conversations that will result from our collaboration in analysing and then working to design and implement the proposed GFVN.

A principal will be appointed from each Augment Team to coordinate with each other and with and outside resources and will serve as the executive cadre to collaborate with members of the staff and other resource providers to deliver a powerful organizational platform for adding value that will delight Larry and his team.

Resource Links:

Team #1

Verna Allee: Verna Allee Value Networks

John Maloney: Colabria ( Team Coordinator)
Communities of Practice | Colabria

Team #2


\InnovationLabs - Innovation Consulting, Strategic Solutions, Facilitation, Insight, Results

Langdon Morris ( Team Coordinator)

Team #3

Tim Foresman
Timothy W Foresman, Ph.D., President

GeoFusion, Inc. Homepage

Manuel Lima | A visual exploration on mapping complex networks

Dave Davison (Team coordinator)

Strategic News Service - Member's Gallery

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The essence of Knowledge - Dave Pollard

Critt referred me to link which led me to an old post from Dave which, as usual , starts with a great visual "headline" shown here. The graphic has the potential for being used as an interface to the entire subject of the post by adding "hot spots" to the matrix.

Here's the original source How to Save the World

I will add to this post with both Flickr annotation of the image and Missing Link integration of a tag cloud and a workplace system built around the graphic.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Edge: DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism By Jaron Lanier

Hazards of the New Online Collectivism By Jaron Lanier:

Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Author, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

Extracting Signal From Noisy Spin

Constructive criticism from YOCHAI BENKLER "Networked-based, distributed, social production, both individual and cooperative, offers a new system, alongside markets, firms, governments, and traditional non-profits, within which individuals can engage in information, knowledge, and cultural production. This new modality of production offers new challenges, and new opportunities. It is the polar opposite of Maoism. It is based on enhanced individual capabilities, employing widely distributed computation, communication, and storage in the hands of individuals with insight, motivation, and time, and deployed at their initiative through technical and social networks, either individually or in loose voluntary associations."

OLIVE: On-line Library of Information Visualization Environments

OLIVE: On-line Library of Information Visualization Environments: "Overview first, zoom and filter, then details on demand,'"

Sunday, July 16, 2006


This post written by John Brockman at EDGE gives a detailed summary of Larry Brilliant's goals for INSTEDD and the basis of his wish that brought him the prestigous TED 2006 prize.

The post also includes a 30 minute QuickTime video where you can watch and listen to Larry as he describes his vision in a powerfully personal way.

Click this link for Brockman's post:


The QuickTime video linked below is a recording of the Awards proceedings at TED 2006 for all 3 of this year's recipients. If you just want to listen to Larry's presentation move the QuickTime cursor to 1:00:24 for the start of the presentation.

here for Larry Brilliant's half-hour presentation during
the TED Prize session

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Brilliant Team

The Brilliant Team
Originally uploaded by Global X.
What a difference 6 months has made. Larry - the Servant Leader- has assembled his team and now has the resources of the google Foundation to change the world for the better

It would be inspiring to find a way to contribute to the Brilliant Team's efforts on INSTEDD as we started to do 6 months ago before Larry hit two homers in one week - the TED annual prize award and his appointment to head up the google Foundation and we faded from his radar.

Good luck to the Brilliant Team!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Blogcasting : Free "How-to" ebook

Dane morgan offers a free ebook : The Quick Profit Guide to Blogcasting. Via a link from Crit Jarvis. I'll download it and report on it later. As Dane describes it, Blogcasting is a definition of what Thoughts Illustrated is attempting to do, without the emphasis on visuals - Graphicasting???

Helps if you have a good voice - and Dane does.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Choosing a License | Creative Commons

a detailed review of the CC licensing alternatives. The comics(click on the this image which you will see on the linked page) are quick to review and instructive summaries of the detail.

Choosing a License | Creative Commons

RSS explained

A helpful link from Good Magazine for those who are digital immigrants like me.

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > Basics: Fine-Tuning Your Filter for Online Information

Social Network Analysis: where are the Pictures?

Here, as an added value to Jerry's Yi-Tan audio conference with Valdis Krebs on Network Visualization are some resource links from IRE(Investigative Reporters and Editors,Inc.)

IRE Resources: Social Network Analysis

The Yi-Tan's audio conference format makes obvious the great difficulty participants and interviewers have with a format in audio only. Postproducing the event, by clipping and adding visual support for the clips would enhance the value substantially. This is especially true for a conversation entitled Network Visualization.When time permits, ( with Jerry's permission) I will postproduce the archive of this call to clip and visually augment the conversation to provide the contrast of unedited audio only with postproduced and graphically supported clips from the original audio source.

Are you a gladwellian connector?-

gladwell dot com - are you a connector?

A Gladwelliian Connector - Jerry Michalski

The link below is to the Yi-Tan wiki site which lists today's call on Visualizing Networks I will report on the call in a later post.Wiki Hosting. Seed Wiki, web based solution for public and private Wikis. Affordable and free Wiki

Folksonomy Definition and Wikipedia :: Off the Top ::

Here is where Ton got his triangulation concepts - Vanderwal appears to be a useful source Folksonomy Definition and Wikipedia :: Off the Top ::

"My Mashups" - Triangulation of Social Relationshiips

From Ton's Interdependent Thoughts describing how he uses muliple applications to triangulate his social network connections. Read the whole post to get a flavor of how Ton uses Flickr, Plaze and other non-integrated applications to augment his online and F2F relationships.

Thanks to Dave Pollard for the link, which also was linked by Stephen Downes - an quick example of a useful triangulation of two persons whom I trust as valuable knowledge resources, and who continue to add value to my search for the patterns which connect.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Future of Media Summit | Colabria

Future of Media Summit | Colabria

Future Exploration Blog (incorporating Future of Media Summit Blog)

Future Exploration Blog (incorporating Future of Media Summit Blog)

SiliconBeat: Podtech raises $5.5 million to create the "NPR" of podcasting

SiliconBeat: Podtech raises $5.5 million to create the "NPR" of podcasting: "We asked Eric Copeland, venture capitalist at Venrock, how one makes money from content creation.

He said: 'The answer is not so easy. If you're a producer, you'll have a consulting business, and you'll make money, but you won't have a highly scalable opportunity. So the thing for John to do is to kick-start production, to prove the model and get others to produce.' The plan, he said, is for Furrier to generate revenue from advertising, from hosting, from distribution of podcasts and from 'syndication' -- with 'corporate marketing' being a big part of that. "



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