3D Cartography of COVID-19 Research at Ars Electronica

The work of scientists during the pandemic has been just exceptionl.

The outbreak of the coronavirus in 2019 did not only impact society worldwide but also the research environment, as peopled by scientists and scholars.

More than 600,000 scientific articles on the virus have been published to June 2021, with most of them having been written since January 2020.

In order to grasp the magnitude of this literature and reveal the invisible (net-)work of scientists behind it, we made use of artificial intelligence to create a three-dimensional data visualization that displays all of these articles as luminescent spheres.

These spheres are organized in space by similarity: the more they have in common, the greater their proximity. By rotating the data visualization, a time axis will appear to show the explosion of scientific literature that came with the pandemic.

[Text partially adapted from Ars Electronica]

Dario Rodighiero, Elian Carsenat, Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Garamantis, Ars Electronica Solutions.

The project has been possible through the generous funding of DARIAH Theme Call in Arts, Humanities, and COVID-19.