Archive for the 'networks' Category

Dec
1

cocitations2

In an attempt to trace a history of radical thought within the discipline of geography (and assemble a reading list for my qualifying exams), I’ve been experimenting with co-citation visualizations. These network graphs rely on citation data from Web of Science, connecting texts that are cited together a minimum number of times, as indicated by the citation threshold slider. I focused mostly on the journal Antipode, which has offered a “radical (Marxist/socialist/anarchist/anti-racist/feminist/queer/green) analysis of geographical issues” since its founding in 1969. Unfortunately, Web of Science only indexes Antipode articles from 1990 through 2015. But I was able to see how older Antipode articles have been taken up by three major English language geography journals (The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers) by mapping co-citations of Antipode articles within them. This allowed me to go back to 1969 for the Annals, 1982 for Progress, and 1970 for Transactions and produce this graph:

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Zooming in reveals discussions within the discipline. For example on the left, we find five scholars debating visuality within geography in a special issue in Antipode, while on the right, we find an ongoing discussion about the university, education, and pedagogy:

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Below are all of the graphs I’ve done so far. Let me know if you find any interesting patterns!

Co-Citations of Antipode Articles in the Annals (top 1500 cited articles 1969-2015), Progress (top 1000 cited articles 1982-2015), and Transactions (top 1000 cited articles 1970-2015)

Co-Citations, All Antipode Articles, 1990-2015

Co-Citations in the 50 Most Cited Articles, Antipode, 1990-2015

Co-Citations of Antipode Articles in Antipode, 1990-2015

Co-Citations in the Annals (top 1500 cited articles 1969-2015), Progress (top 1000 cited articles 1982-2015), and Transaction (top 1000 cited articles 1970-2015)

This work relies on code written by number of people. I used Neal Caren’s python script with slight modifications to convert the Web of Science data into a D3 graph. Kieran Healy’s code helped me modify the visualization. And Jonathan Goodwin’s code and write-up were super helpful in adding the citation threshold slider and putting everything together.

Nov
22

I curated a show on add-art, the firefox plugin that replaces internet advertisements with art. You can read my curator’s statement and install the plugin to see the show which will be up through the first week of December. It features five super talented artists who work with the language of geometry. Here’s a preview of a few of the 136 images that make up the show:

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Andrew Jeffrey Wright

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Ann Altstatt

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Pablo Manga

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Maureen Halligan

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Nik Hanselmann

Nov
16

Sounds like things are popping off again at UC campuses. Follow live news on my twitter aggregate feed: http://www.nicklally.com/uc

This feed will be part of the building installation in San Diego this weekend.

Oct
5

friendster

Here’s a Friendster message I sent to Aaron three months after it went public. Prescient.

Apr
6

overit

we’re over it

Feb
2

compilation
Portraits of me drawn by strangers on the internet.

Nov
20

Live news feed of the UC protest:

nicklally.com/uc

Nov
2

I am currently running an experimental mail art service in Santa Cruz based on text messages. Everything is automated by a Python script which interacts with Google Voice and Skype. If you’re in Santa Cruz and want to participate, let me know and I can send you an invite. Here are the instructions (you’ll need to ask me for the phone number to play):

Experimental Mail Art Service, (831)xxxxxxx

Please read all of the following instructions before deciding to participate. The service requires a time commitment of approximately 1-2 hours which can be completed at your convenience.

1. THINK OF SOMEONE YOU WANT TO MAIL ART TO. They should live in Santa Cruz and be active in the public sphere. Please do not include their last name.
2. THINK OF A CLUE THAT WOULD HELP SOMEONE FIND THIS PERSON. Do not give an address! This clue should help someone find them in the public sphere. For example, you could say “he/she hangs out at Lulu’s coffeeshop” or “he/she works at the pizzeria”. Be creative!
3. DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO SEND HIM/HER. You should decide on something that can be made/written/gathered in an hour or less and which costs little or nothing. For example, you could say “a collage”, “a drawing of your hand” or maybe “a story about walking”. Be creative!
4. PUT STEPS 1-3 TOGETHER INTO A SINGLE SENTENCE OF 160 CHARACTERS OR LESS AND SEND IT VIA SMS/TEXT TO: 831.xxx.xxxx. Your delivery request will automatically be sent to another participant! Text messages over 160 characters will not be delivered. IMPORTANT: you are only able to send one request to the system (subsequent requests will be ignored), so make sure you get it right the first time! And it must be from a cell phone that has an unblocked number. Here is an example request: “Please send a flower to Dennis who is a regular at the Red Room”
5. MAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S DELIVERY. After you send in your request, you will receive someone’s else’s request which you will make and deliver! Please be patient–it may take a while for you to receive your delivery instructions. It is OK if you make the requested item and hand it off to someone else who is able make the delivery–just make sure it gets there.
6. INCLUDE THESE INSTRUCTIONS WITH YOUR DELIVERY AND PASS THEM ON TO ONE ADDITIONAL PERSON WHO YOU THINK WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE. Please only give these instructions to two people!

Send comments/questions, bug reports (this is the Beta version!) and/or documentation of your adventures to: xxx.

Apr
26

 

 

 

 

with help from Google Similar Images

Apr
22

Write Draw Write Draw prompt phoned in to Mo at 8:54pm with the hopes that a finalized drawing will eventually be delivered to me. I will post the results if they materialize. 

Update, 5/26: The message may have been lost, but Charles came through:

Collaboration with Ali.