How Mauro Martino uses dots and arcs to tell stories about culture

Data visualization expert Mauro Martino walks us through Charting Culture (2014), an animation he co-created with Maximillian Schich. It is one of Nature’s most popular videos. Martino explains how tracking where people are born and where they die can reveal migration patterns, show rising and falling fortunes of cultural centers, and reflect changes in transportation.

XI.4 Charting Culture

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.