This flash application at They Rule shows the interlocking relationships of corporations and their directors. It provides a great example of how connections can be made and shown in a clean visual interface, and this all done simply with Flash. I particularly like the "find connection" query which allows you to enter two companies and show the path of board members and companies between them. What is most striking after playing around with this is the small number of people who control such large swaths of the US economy and the few degrees of separation between them. From their web site:
"They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its focus the boards of some of the most powerful U.S. companies, which share many of the same directors. Some individuals sit on 5, 6 or 7 of the top 500 companies. It allows users to browse through these interlocking directories and run searches on the boards and companies. A user can save a map of connections complete with their annotations and email links to these maps to others. They Rule is a starting point for research about these powerful individuals and corporations." Be sure to check out some of the other information visualization projects when you're done browsing the site. It may provide inspiration if you are cobbling together an interface for gnarly data, like a competitive intelligence system, and you want a way to try things out without getting complicated or spending a lot of money and time.
Posted by Mark Tuesday, August 10, 2004 9:18:00 PM |