NewRadial is an interactive visualization environment that uses an adapter system to display and combine content from remotely-served or locally situated databases. Although initially designed for use with image-based databases, NewRadial’s capabilities have been extended to handle the manipulation and annotation, in a visual field, of text-based databases. This adaptive ability makes it ideal for use with literary works, and—given its web-based functionality--ideal for collecting, associating and displaying independent databases together in the same visual field for use by a particular knowledge community.
The NewRadial prototype encourages three types of work:
1. A simple search, sorting and manipulation of database objects in a visual field for the purposes of early scholarly inquiry and curiosity-based research
2. Initial, raw and in-process commentary on connections and associations between database objects. Within the database’s visual field, scholars can add comments on such correlations, thus starting conversations, discussions and debates relating to such ideas. These discussions are hosted and archived by the NewRadial server.
3. Larger edition projects in which a community is able to centralize and sort specific selections from a larger database. NewRadial can be used to construct these curated environments, browse such environments, and (if desired) encourage secondary scholarship to proliferate in and around such projects.
Source code: http://sourceforge.net/projects/newradial-inke/