Web Macroscope

Web Macroscope

Another research project which has made a core contribution to the SOCIAM toolkit is the development of the Web Macroscope, a project which investigates methods to map and visualise multiple streams of Web data. Underpinned by the streaming architecture of the Web Observatory, the Macroscope was developed as a multi-screen hardware solution which uses Web-based visualisations in order to provide context to several of the curated social data streams, such as Instagram, Twitter, Wikipedia, and the Zooniverse.

The Web Macroscope has been used in several exhibitions and experiments, including our recent public engagement exercise at the London Science Museum, which involved a study of how individuals engage and understand data the production of data on the Web.