Extensive Online Collection of Visualizations of Complex Networks

Following up on my earlier post about a tool to visualize your LinkedIn network, I recently came across VisualComplexity.com, a site devoted to being a resource for visualizing a wide range of complex networks. There are 777 viewable examples of networks in areas including, among others, social, biology, business, computers, music, knowledge and the web itself. Clicking through on any of the thumbnails across this site will take you to a dedicated page describing the visualization and its operation, the author, institute, year of its creation, and a direct link to its actual location. (Even in those instances where the links no longer work, there is still much to be learned on their descriptive page and screen captures.)

I found this resource to be remarkable resource and well worth the time spent here because it:

* Boldly displays the power of using visualization to understand the structure, dynamics and power of networks.
* Provides inspiration to explore these examples for their educational and analytical values.
* Displays the critical importance of carefully designing the structure of the manner in which data are being transformed into a display.
* Motivates visitors to consider the possibilities of applying visualization to their own professional projects.

As well, in a clear case of the merger of art and science, many of these of these visualizations are, imho, often quite aesthetically pleasing images that likewise stand on their own as works of art.

New Law School Courses Aim at Keeping Pace with Changing Times

In their ongoing efforts to keep pace with rapidly changing times and legal needs, a number of US law schools are offering some interesting new electives. As detailed in this an article entitled New Law School Courses Take on Robots, Videogames and Piketty-mania that appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog on June 24, 2014, these include courses covering:

  • Thomas Piketty’s current bestseller Capital in the Twenty First Century, at Yale
  • Video Game Law, at Pepperdine
  • Robotics, at Yale
  • Law and Neuroscience, at Harvard
  • Spectacle and Surveillance, at Columbia

I highly recommend a click-through for all of the particulars to these new offerings. Links are also embedded in this article to each respective law school’s web site for full descriptions about these classes.

I think it will continue to be interesting to monitor new law school courses into the future as an indicator of their adaptations to changing needs in the marketplace for legal services. Additional follow would also be helpful in assessing whether these courses make any difference in law students finding employment in these nascent fields.

Another POV on the Power of the Network Effect

The propulsive power, structural operations and connective benefits of the Network Effect have been identified and studied in many fields of science, technology, the Web, telecom, transportation, biology, neuroscience and many others. Indeed, the Network Effect is writ large across nearly every aspect of the Web’s endless reach.

In an insightful post onĀ Socialmediatoday.com on July 16, 2014, entitledĀ Connection Brings Opportunity at Exponential Scale the author, Brian Vellmure, found his inspiration for this piece during a recent trip where he suddenly lost all connectivity. He then uses this to write about his perceptions of the multiplier effect the web has on creativity, science and industry by virtue of its potential for boundless numbers of connections to others out there in c-space. In effect, more connections equate to more value added with each additional user and node. He ends by posing the questions of how readers can use this to “evolve your organization to thrive in this new environment?”. I recommend a click-through and read of this worthwhile new take on this ubiquitous phenomenon.