Drawing Network Visualizations on a Continuous, Spherical Surface

Many articles deal with the ethical issues raised by data storage and maintenance, but few of them focus on the ethic of data visualization.

The work criticizes the assumption that networks have to be drawn on flat and framed surfaces. This is not the case of spheres, which we used to map networks on a continuous space without edges.

Cartographic projection, usually employed for maps to project the earth’s surface, is then applied to make networks readable.

The result is a more democratic spatiality where individuals can be represented in a network visualization without being put on its edges.

More information in the paper titled, “Drawing Network Visualizations on a Continuous, Spherical Surface,” presented at the 24th International Conference Information Visualisation (IV2020).