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One of the very first examples of visualization that succeeds in merging beauty with function is Visual Thesaurus, a subscription-based online thesaurus and dictionary that shows the relationships between words through a beautiful interactive map.

The idea behind Graph Words [graphwords.com] is quite similar, though the service can be used completely free of charge.

Based on the knowledge captured in WordNet, a large lexical database of the English language, Graph Words is an interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps one find the meanings of words by revealing their connections among associated words. Any resulting network graph can also be stored as images.


This reminded me a bit of the project Human Brain Cloud by Kyle Gabler, one of the two people who are 2D Boy (known for the game World of Goo). It was a website which showed connections between words, just like this one, but it was meant more like a game. People could add connections. Also, it was beautifully animated. I don't know why it went offline (misuse maybe?). Here's an article about it: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/human_brain_cloud.php

Wed 26 Oct 2011 at 1:49 PM
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