Check out this multi-touch installation used by Max Planck Research Networks in connecting with their institutes and international partners. The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) is made up of 80 partners and the multi touch installation allows each of them to coordinate with the other. MPG specialized in various disciplines including natural science, social science, life science, arts and humanities.
The network facilitates mapping of Max Planck Institutes and their partners. The size of the icons in the map represents number of scientific publications while the width of the interconnecting lines represents the paper jointly published by the two connecting institutes. The network also elaborates on the institute’s location on the world map.
Find this application showcased at the Max Planck Science Gallery in Berlin where you can find on display various new forms of scientific communication. With just a touch the highlights of the collaboration partners are available.
All that a visitor needs to do is to move their fingers or touch the screen. Pinching is another way of interacting with the multi touch installation, either by bringing two fingers together or moving it apart. The energy particles show the movement of ideas exchanged between the institutions and their partners.
The interactive software is developed by Moritz Stefaner and Christopher Warnow in Java using select tools and libraries that include gephi, Ani, JUNG, unfolding, title mill, physics, GLGraphics and processing. Moreover the maps are devised on the basis of data received from the OpenStreetMap project.