rhnav rhizome navigation used to create genealogy motion graphics

I kept quiet about this project for quite a while, but now is the time to tell you a little bit about it: For an upcoming documentary by Benedikt Bjarnason, Rhizome Navigation was used to create animated visualizations of large genealogy data sets.

Below you can find a sample. It shows a 3d family tree starting with director Bjarnason at the bottom and going up to early icelandic settlers from early 10th century. The graph layout was done using an adapted force-directed algorithm and features more than 3300 persons.

What set's it apart from similar visualizations is the capability to show far more complex relationships by breaking up the classic tree structure and following a more rhizome-like approach - and of course the sheer amount of relationships shown.

Rhizome Navigation is a development framework for building data mining and information visualization related (real-time) applications. It is based on the wonderful processing.

Update: French blogs talk and comment on Rhizome Navigation. I better start refreshing my rusty French language skills...

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