Visualizing Computational Social Science: The Multiple Lives of a Complex Image

Foucault Welles, B. and Meirelles, I.
Science Communication
13(1), 35-48. (2015)
November 12, 2014


Parallel advances in communication and visualization technologies have enabled the study and  visualization of human behavior at a scale and level of detail never before  possible. Nowhere are these advances more evident than within the emerging  field of computational social science. Using Adamic and Glance's image of  the political blogosphere as an example and social representations theory as  a guiding framework, we explore how computational social science  visualizations may aid and complicate public understanding of this new  science. We conclude with a discussion of best practices for the production  and reuse of computational social science images for public consumption.