I love graph viewers and visualizers and being able to play with them on your own data is better than anything 🙂
SpiderFriend is a visualizer for your facebook friends network, it graphs you and your immediate friends on the edge of a sphere with connections between y’all. Nice, but the visual treatment doesn’t allow you to see clearly who knows who.
I’d also like to see a way to explore the network, clicking on a friend and seeing their friends and so on. I guess facebook apps can’t wander around that easily 🙁
This is interesting, the example they give is of John Maynard Keynes:
For John Maynard Keynes (who is not registered), such name variations could be:
John Maynard Keynes John M. Keynes John Keynes J. M. Keynes J. Keynes Keynes, John Maynard Keynes, John M. Keynes, John Keynes, J. M. Keynes, J.
Unfortunately Keynes has not registered these himself, I’d love to see some examples from the 16,000 authors who have registered.
This data comes from published papers as well as monograph data, so the variance is a lot higher, I suspect, than occurs solely within libraries and the absence of years of birth (and death) makes it highly ambiguous. RePEc have published a list of author name homonyms. Even within published papers on economics this is a reasonably problematic list.
One of the key things for me was developing techniques for dealing with ambiguity, allowing outside systems with limited data to receive the most specific answer possible, while giving less specific answers for less specific matches.