XV.2 Politoscope

Maziyar Panahi

Noé Gaumont

David Chavalarias

Designed for the 2017 French presidential election, Politoscope has since been on display in the Terra Data exhibit at the Cité des Sciences, the biggest science museum in Europe. Politoscope provided a way for the public to take the pulse of online communities during the last month of the 2017 French presidential election, and provided access to the candidates’ positions on major political issues over several months.

Politoscope uses millions of political and media tweets to visualize socio-semantic trends using a new methodology to reconstruct the socio-semantic dynamics of political activist Twitter networks. The macroscope makers are convinced of the need to make this kind of analysis of social media available to regular citizens as well as political elites.

How do you feel about the connection between social networks and electoral processes worldwide? Has real-time analysis of social media ever influenced your political opinion? Should it?

Politoscope and its companion website can be found at https://presidential2017.politoscope.org/.


Gaumont, Noé, Maziyar Panahi, and David Chavalarias. 2019. Politoscope. In “15th Iteration (2019): Macroscopes for Tracking the Flow of Resources.” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Lisel Record. http://scimaps.org.

Gaumont N, Panahi M, Chavalarias D. 2018. “Reconstruction of the socio-semantic dynamics of political activist Twitter networks—Method and application to the 2017 French presidential election.” PLoS ONE 13(9): e0201879. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201879.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.