CIRCOS and networks

In an earlier post, I highlighted a nice visualisation of career paths, produced by Satyan Devados using the CIRCOS tool (which has its origins in genetic visualisation). As an experiment, here is a similar diagram I produced for the Southern Women Data Set. This famous dataset (originally from this book) links a somewhat divided community of 18 women to 14 events which they organised (click on the picture for a larger image):

It’s very pretty, but is it more or less informative than a traditional network diagram? What do you think?

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Snowflake

Continuing the Antarctic theme of the previous post, here’s a superb macro photograph of a snowflake, by Margus Kulden (2010). The hexagonal symmetry is clearly visible, as are some interesting imperfections.