We did a two-day Graph Commons workshop at Transmediale, Feb 4-5 2016, Berlin. Participants built and discussed network models of complex civic issues, using their own research data as well as data they collectively compiled during the workshop. Selected work from the workshop with short explanations, screenshots, links and photos are listed below.

Also you can listen our post-workshop conversation with Jussi Parikka “The map is the territory” archived by Voice Republic in Transmediale.

Graph Commons is a collaborative ‘network mapping’ platform and a knowledge base of relationships. With Graph Commons you transform your data into interactive network maps and connect partial information to explore complex relations that impact you and your communities.

Click on the images and titles to view the interactive graphs.

Open Culture


This graph sketch, created by Jodi Rose, Daimpad, ildar, leonardo, shows which organizations work in which emerging category of open culture. According to this graph, a platform like Open Oil is in the category of Open Government and Open Data, and similar to Data Driven Journalism platform because they share the same relations. This work has clearly a start that could lead to a comprehensive cartography of open culture projects and organizations.

Intellectual migration in and out of Germany



This graph, created by literarymachine, contains German authors, their professions, and which cities they were born and died, hence a cartography of intellectual migration in Germany. The data covers the period of world war I and II based on a German library database. The data are turned into a graph using the Graph Commons API via the Python wrapper). In the sections of the graph, we see Berlin as the most important destination city and Kempen is the most abandoned one. Interestingly the graph contains many priests and theology is quite central.

Disease Surveillance Systems


A graph of how disease surveillance systems are composed. Created by Steffen Kraemer bumatic, this graph shows how does data on influenza is found, what organizations and systems are involved. World Health Organization (WHO) is obviously in the center of this graph, while “Citizen participation” as a data source has a bridging function between systems.

Interaction of Design Fields


This graph sketch, led by bjoernsten, aims to explore the interaction of design fields based on shared materials and processes. The graph takes the analog and the digital as starting points, and expands from there.

To learn more about the workshops view the workshop archive, if you’d like to make your own network maps just go to Graph Commons.

Moments from the Transmediale Workshhop