3D Cartography of Covid-19 Research at Ars Electronica


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

Their work during the pandemic was enormous; up to June 2021, more than 600,000 coronavirus-related scientific articles have been published, most of which have been written since January 2020.

We used artificial intelligence to create a three-dimensional data visualization that shows all these articles as luminescent spheres to capture the breadth of this literature and reveal the invisible network of scientists behind it.

These spheres are organized by similarity: the more they have in common, the greater their proximity in space. By rotating the data visualization, a timeline shows the explosion of scientific literature that has accompanied the virus over the years.

The work was possible thanks to the collaboration with Elian Carsenat, Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Garamantis, and Ars Electronica Solutions; and through the generous funding of DARIAH Theme Call in Arts, Humanities, and COVID-19.

More information about the project is available in a DARIAH blog post entitled Critical Data Literacy in Immersive Digital Spaces.

[Text partially adapted from Ars Electronica]