A very simple and elegant visualization of a CollaborativeHypermedium by Alex Galloway and Mark Tribe for the Rhizome OnlineCommunity. Each page is represented by a star. Initially dim, each time a page is read, the star becomes brighter. Clicking on a star allows you to form constellations based on shared keywords.
We could do similar things here, with the CategoriesAndTopics acting as the connecting keywords.
Related to StarryNight is Martin Wattenberg's Spiral. Similarly each page is a star, with brightness reflecting HitCounts. Stars are arranged chronologically from the inside, out, and categories of pages are clustered together in the "fingers" of the spiral.
Somewhat related thoughts:
For many, these views of a wiki, mirrored on the nighttime sky, are tremendously evocative.
The idea to have such views of a wiki is awesome. When I was young I had an small 9 cm telescope and was fond of the sky and all this cosmic theories and Apollo stuff. I still remember the "small step for me" by Armstrong. -- HelmutLeitner
I had a 7 cm reflector, saturn rings and stuff I saw, mosquito-stiched in summer and stiff-frozen in winter. When Neil Armstrong climbed back into the eagle saying "It's too risky" - acording to a recent and not toooo bad Mercedes-Benz commercial spot, that ran on TV at least in Germany - I was eight. --MattisManzel
Wasn't it exciting? The first views of the blue planet seen from the moon... I think I could stop writing wiki and just look at the wiki sky for hours waiting for a shooting star. -- HelmutLeitner