Pixel-Oriented Network Visualization: Static Visualization of Change in Social Networks

  • Klaus SteinEmail author
  • René Wegener
  • Christoph Schlieder
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN, volume 6)


Most common network visualizations rely on graph drawing. While without doubt useful, graphs suffer from limitations like cluttering and important patterns may not be realized especially when networks change over time. We propose a novel approach for the visualization of user interactions in social networks: a pixel-oriented visualization of a graphical network matrix where activity timelines are folded to inner glyphs within each matrix cell. Users are ordered by similarity which allows to uncover interesting patterns. The visualization is exemplified using social networks based on corporate wikis.


Social Network Network Visualization Hilbert Curve Layout Algorithm Social Network Data 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



Part of this work was supported by the Volkswagenstiftung through Grant No. II/82 509.

We thank the reviewers for their helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Stein
    • 1
    Email author
  • René Wegener
    • 2
  • Christoph Schlieder
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing in the Cultural SciencesUniversity of BambergBambergGermany
  2. 2.Information SystemsKassel UniversityKasselGermany

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