A short review of Connected China: A visualization of elite social networks in China

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Features of Connected China
Technologies in its development
Potential updates

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  • Both became provincial leaders in their 40s. In their 50s, both took the unusual step of entering the Politburo Standing Committee without first serving in the larger Politburo.
  • A short review of Connected China: A visualization of elite social networks in China

    1. 1. 2013-11-01, eScience seminar A short review of Connected China: A visualization of elite social networks in China Xiaogang Ma TWC/RPI
    2. 2. This presentation • Features of Connected China • Technologies in its development • Potential updates 2
    3. 3. Connected China • http://connectedchina.reuters.com • “tracks and visualizes the people, institutions and relationships that form China's elite power structure” • Launched: Feb. 2013 3
    4. 4. Features • “[Connected China] provides deep insight into China’s new generation of leaders and features the best of Reuters’ coverage in data, text, photos and video.” • Optimized for iPad 2+ and Chrome and Safari 4
    5. 5. Features of Connected China General information Circles of power Roles of power Paths to power News 5
    6. 6. • Families: – Princelings – Golden Sons-in-Law powerful family connections play a crucial role in all spheres of society • Coalitions – Shanghai Clique – Tuanpai Party leadership is largely divided between two informal coalitions 6
    7. 7. • Relationships with party elders • Accumulation of guanxi – Guanxi: the accumulated social capital A number of former leaders maintain their political influence through extensive social connections and the protégés they have promoted over the years 7
    8. 8. Knowing the background information of families, coalitions, relationships with party elders will help understand the social power of an individual Click here for literal explanation Click here to zoom in 8
    9. 9. • The Communist Party of China – “collective leadership” by the Politburo Standing Committee (The Seven) – Party general secretary Xi Jinping is now only the “first among equals” in the seven-member body 9
    10. 10. • The three pillars of Chinese politics – Party, State, and Military 10
    11. 11. Show details of a institution and its members 11
    12. 12. • The path to political power – In China, the path to political power is a structured ascent 12
    13. 13. • Comparing the ages of political leaders 13
    14. 14. • The impact of retirement ages – For example, Zhou Yongkang followed a similar path as Xi, but could never reach top leadership due to the retirement cutoff 14
    15. 15. Comparison among multiple individuals 15
    16. 16. Working group of Connected China • • • • • Editor + Project Leader: Irene Jay Liu Production Heads: Yolanda Ma, Malik Yusuf Lead Writer: Chris Ip Copy Editor: John Newland Design + Dev: Fathom Information Design 16
    17. 17. Technologies • Organization and key person – Fathom Information Design: http://fathom.info/ – Ben Fry: http://benfry.com/ • HTML 5 and CSS 3 • More background information: – http://fathom.info/china 17
    18. 18. Data sources • The app draws on a database containing: – Tens of thousands of entities – people, organizations, events – More than 30,000 relationships – 1.5 million words (equivalent to more than 20 non-fiction books!) 18 Source: http://blogs.reuters.com/connected-china/2013/02/28/welcome/
    19. 19. Visualization • Information Architecture – Shift among them without getting lost 19
    20. 20. Potential updates • Provenance? – Currently most objects are prov:Agent – More objects of prov:Entity and prov:Activity – Relationships Diagram from the W3C Provenance ontology at: http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-o/ 20
    21. 21. Potential updates • Career Comparison: add spatial features? 21
    22. 22. Thanks! 22

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