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CIRCA data visualization project

**Project **

InnoViz: Visualizing Stories of App Innovation


Data analysis and data visualization


Our goal is to understand the role of technology, the role of technology makers in the ecosystem and determine key dimensions of innovation. To gain that understanding we are going to collect and index data that will visualize the creativity, diversity and internationality of the mobile application cluster and will map the driving forces of the App Making Industry. With our findings we want to tackle the lack of empirical data on how technology and grassroots initiatives can steer innovation.

We expect that in December 2012, we will have created an inventory of data to showcase the dynamics of the Industry and examples of best practices. That kind of knowledge will be beneficial for the City, the stakeholders and the communities.

Theoretical Framework


What is an app?

CIRCA Blog (more info about the project)


Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group



Open Innovation as structural capital

A review of Edward Tufte’s “Beautiful Evidence”

Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data

Data wars: everything explain to everyone

The database as a narrative form, but how do you tell the story?


Steve Keil, keynote at Next Web

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EC for the Digital Agenda

Inspiration and examples


Interactive infographics

Visualizing information flow in science


Visual Complexity website

visual complexity

Information is Beautiful



Hans Rosling

Chart Wars: the political power of data visualization 

Interview with Manuel Lima

Journalism in the Age of Data

NY Times Visualization

Netherlands from above trailer

**Project Objectives **

The project is developed under the framework of the Creative Industries Research Center Amsterdam (CIRCA), department of Humanities, UvA, coordinated by Prof. J. Simons and Dr. S. Olma. 

CIRCA collaborates with Appsterdam ( and AIM for creating a hard database of the App Industry and use visualization techniques to provide insights on the data subsets generated. 

The database created will be handed to the MediaLAb students for further data analysis, research and developing case-studies.

Project Partners