Warren Sack

Conversation Map

Graphical browser for very large-scale conversations (VLSCs)

Conversation Map_Interface

Conversation Map_Interface



Email-based conversations between thousands of people very large-scale conversations (VLSCs) -- now take place in a variety of online, public spaces such as Usenet newsgroups and large listservs. The Converation Map is a graphical browser for VLSCs. It automatically analyzes and graphically summarizes thousands of email messages exchanged in VLSC. The graphical summaries produced include (1) a set of social networks that illustrates who is corresponding with whom; (2) a menu of themes of discussion that are important to the conversation embodied in the messages; and, (3) a semantic network that articulates some of the emergent synonyms or metaphors of the discussion. In principle, you can use the Conversation Map like any other conventional news or mail reader.
(Warren Sack)

Artists / Authors


United States, 1997-2000

Partners / Sponsors

The project has been developed within a series of research universities (MIT, Berkeley and now the University of California, Santa Cruz). Warren Sack: "I often work closely with anthopologists, political theorists and other social scientists interested in online public space and public discourse. I also generate conversation maps for art and design groups hosting online discussions."


» http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/~sack/CM/


The project has been under development since 1997. Version 0.01 was completed in 2000.
The work was originally a Ph.D. thesis at the MIT Media Laboratory. A new version (0.02) is currently under construction for the forthcoming (November 2004) ZKM show, Making Things Public: A Parliament of Parliaments: How to Overcome the Crisis of Representation, Peter Weibel and Bruno Latour (curators).


, May 18, 2004



Additions to Keyword List