M.O.N.E.R.A. beta

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M.O.N.E.R.A. is a new way to visualize Twitter information using an organic metaphor: each tweet is represented by a bacteria inside an ecosystem and each species represents a topic. New information is acquired dynamically by Twitter API which makes the environment live and unpredictable.
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The project was developed as part of the Information Visualization class lectured by Prof. Gudrun Klinker, TU München [1]. It was built upon the ideas of Carolin Horn and Florian Jenett in the project Anymails [2] (www.carohorn.de/anymails) and Ben Fry in the work Organic Information Design [3]. The illustrations of the creatures come from the book Kunstformen der Natur by Ernst Haeckel, about which I posted a month ago. The project was programmed using Processing [4] and it is using twitter4j to access Twitter API [5]. The engine is based on Nature of Code by Daniel Shiffman [6].
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You can see the version it will be presented on the show room “ITüpferl” from Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik at TU München here:
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Or you can see the version on OpenProcessing site:
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References:
[1] Information Visualization SS2009 – campar.in.tum.de/Chair/TeachingSs09InfoVis
[2] Anymails – www.carohorn.de/anymails
[3] Organic Information Design – benfry.com/organic
[4] Processing – processing.org
[5] Twitter4J – yusuke.homeip.net/twitter4j
[6] Nature of Code – shiffman.net/teaching/nature
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10 thoughts on “M.O.N.E.R.A. beta

  1. That’s absolutely terrific ! Huge COngrats!
    I really hope to play with that soon on a Multitouch TAble / WAll .

    Please keep me updated if you plan to push further this awesome project !

    Are you still planning to release the source ?

    Enjoy 2010 !!:

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  3. Please let us have more information about these popping ideas. You will be doing a lot good to us.Thanks in advance.

  4. A very novel way to look at Twitter. But when teaching your audience will always learn and remember better if they can visualize it so it is a good idea, although different.

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