Lexical Cartography is a digital tool that combines network visualization and natural language processing to help scholars navigate scientific conferences in a new and innovative way. This tool visually displays conference speakers based on their lexical similarity, where the closer two speakers are in the visual space, the more their subject matters are related.
This map is part of a long-term open-source project, whose goal is to visually explore communities and their individuals through their texts. It represents a shift from traditional methods of visual analytics, which studied the dynamics of a community after the fact, to a contemporary tool that can be used by the community in real time.
While citation analysis is a valuable method for studying the evolution of scientific communities, Lexical Cartography provides a unique way to display ongoing events and foster connectivity.