Discover: ICT

Information and Communications Technology or ICT, is often used as an extended synonym for information technology (IT), but is a more specific term that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals), computers as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.

The Internet

This is a map of the entire internet.

The Internet Map

Map of the entire network, created by Barrett Lyon

The Opte Project
This project was created to make a visual representation of a space that is very much one-dimensional, a metaphysical universe. The data represented and collected here serves a multitude of purposes: Modeling the Internet, analyzing wasted IP space, IP space distribution, detecting the result of natural disasters, weather, war, and esthetics/art.

What is the internet really?
Watch this facinating video.

 

Social Networks

Visualisation of a Social Network

Visualisation of a Social Network

Social networking is the grouping of individuals into specific groups, like small rural communities or a neighborhood subdivision, if you will. Although social networking is possible in person, especially in the workplace, universities, and high schools, it is most popular online.

This is because unlike most high schools, colleges, or workplaces, the internet is filled with millions of individuals who are looking to meet other people, to gather and share first-hand information and experiences about cooking, golfing, gardening, developing friendships professional alliances, finding employment, business-to-business marketing and even groups sharing information about baking cookies to the Thrive Movement. The topics and interests are as varied and rich as the story of our universe.

When it comes to online social networking, websites are commonly used. These websites are known as social sites. Social networking websites function like an online community of internet users. Depending on the website in question, many of these online community members share common interests in hobbies, religion, politics and alternative lifestyles. Once you are granted access to a social networking website you can begin to socialize. This socialization may include reading the profile pages of other members and possibly even contacting them. Find out more: http://www.whatissocialnetworking.com/

Visualisation of Facebook;s entire network of users created by Paul Butler

Visualisation of Facebook's entire network of users created by Paul Butler

Facebook is by far the most popular of the social networking sites with over 1.15 billion active users. Their mission is "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected".

Find out how Paul created the Facebook map by visiting: Visualising Friendships

Neural Networks

Visualisation of the neural network in the brain

Visualisation of the neural network in the brain

Computer scientists at Brown University have created software to examine neural circuitry in the human brain. The 2-D neural maps combine visual clarity with a Web-based digital map interface, and users can view 2-D maps together with 3-D images. The program aims to better understand myelinated axons, which have been linked to pathologies such as autism. Results are published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

Find out more: http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/06/brainmap