Diseasome.eu, the human disease network map, was presented at Online Information’09, the international symposium of information systems. Our conference shows how interactive exploration of complex networks can lead to innovative interfaces for document discovery:
Gephi team presents today a science-mapping project: Diseasome. Asked by Magali Roux, Senior Scientist at CNRS, to create a website to come with the publication of her book, Biology – The digital era, we worked on the “Human Disease Network” dataset and built a network exploration platform.
“On a unique place, one can find information about the book, the dataset related to the writings, an online data exploration framework and the file to manipulate these data with Gephi.”
The HDN (Human Disease Network) and the GDN (Gene Disease Network) were extracted from the original dataset and treated with Gephi. From the results, an interactive map has been created with the help of RTGI/Linkfluence tools. A poster is also available, with the full network and some useful statistics.
Although this work is experimental, we hope it can help scientists to explore and search in this complexity. The Diseasome is above all an innovative way to present a scientific work. The importance of complex data in science and particularly network graphs brings a lot of challenges. As well as computational issues, many things can be done with graphic design and interaction.