Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis tapped Portland, Oregon-based data visualization firm Periscopic to build a multi-touch interactive visualization tool that finds and displays mentions of a given topic across different social media platforms and news sources in real time. Users can rapidly transition from viewing the global or national network of Facebook posts, retweets, and other mentions, to the text of individual posts themselves. The as-yet-unnamed visualization, which now exists as a 6 foot by 14 foot physical installation, will ultimately be the prototype for a desktop analysis tool and iPad app.
Exploring the World’s Conversations with Multi-Touch
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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