Project Update: Dynamic Social Network from the Genecology Project

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This video depicts a small sub-set (616 actors) of the Genecology Project social network, from the mid-1940s through the 1980s. We've been experimenting with dynamic layouts as a way to depict changes in social interactions among participants in the field of plant experimental taxonomy in Britain. Each node is an actor, and each edge represents evidence that the two connected actors interacted in some concrete way. Each node and each relationship is rooted in a specific location in a scientific publication.

The network data were generated using the Vogon text-annotation tool (, transformed to Dynamic XGMML, and visualized in Cytoscape 3.0.1 using the Kamada-Kawai DynLayout.