Derived cleanly from the work it’s based on, Visualizing Databases is yet another phenomenal creation made using the visualization tool ‘Gephi’, by the designer Elijah Meeks. The database focuses on the Catalogue of Life and its top contributors. Secondly, the database highlights the associated species, the references involved and the database itself.
The data elements in the Red List help to focus on the accuracy of the data structure, and other significant factors such as design and population. These elements are then clustered, and various themes can be drawn from them. With beautifully designed images and tons of dedication to this line of thought, the author elaborated substantially, and rather convincingly as to why the concept of data visualization is something that even the primitives must adhere to. It’s like the need of the hour.
Though arguable by many that databases can be represented simply in graphical form, and that the graphical forms are the mere representation of various databases, this upcoming approach of visualization in networking is perhaps a boon to the database aesthetics. As the author further enlightens us on his work, he states that according to his belief, data networks mirror the language of data models.
The reason the designer chooses this approach is because he believes that the summaries and statistics which are derived from databases are not sufficient in today’s world, rather a more detailed revealing must be adopted, to enhance grappling of the data. A “culturally-embedded construct” must be the manner we work in – now.