I’m still processing all the comments that were left on my blog about mainstreaming OER and Open Education last week. I’ve done a quick summary and as a quick visual overview a wordle of the comments. However I thought I would try and do something a bit more sophisticated and perhaps more enlightening. I’m a bit fan of the visualizations Tony Hirst does using gephi, and have played a bit with it, usually with the help of my former Cetis colleague, David Sherlock. Anyway, I was all set for an afternoon of visualisation delights at the weekend, but gephi didn’t want to play. I’ve since found out it is probably a java/mac issue . . .
However in my search for an alternative I came across Textexture, which will “visualise any text as a network” (using gephi). Below is a screen shot of the network for the blog comments (the embed code doesn’t work for me in wordpress), but if click on the picture you’ll be taken to the interactive network.
I’m not sure how much more this tells me, other than confirming the interconnectedness of ideas. But, it is a pretty simple service to use and we all love a network diagram.