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Is the viewer the researcher who is exploring the data, or a viewer with whom the researcher wants to communicate? I assume you mean the latter, in which case go with something in javascript: for that, viewers don't have to download any special software, they can just view things embedded in a web page. 

I'd second SigmaJS that Devin mentioned (although I know Devin and Scott so it's not an independent recommendation): it has the advantage of being a plugin to a tool, Gephi, that is pretty versatile for exploratory analysis as well. Also check out examples of it at http://blogs.oii.ox.ac.uk/vis/?p=162

The javascript visualization library d3 also does networks (http://flowingdata.com/2012/08/02/how-to-make-an-interactive-network-visualization/http://christophergandrud.github.io/d3Network/)—d3 is increasingly popular and hence there's a lot online for how to customize your visualization or accomplish certain tasks (one commonly used implementation, from the second link, allows dragging around nodes, really fun and impressive even if of questionable usefulness), but it will require way more work to set up. 

I feel like I've seen automatic, dynamic re-centering somewhere else as well (which I like), but I can only find http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/the-middle-east-key-players-notable-relationships/, although I'm not a fan of the elbow lines or shaking there, and unfortunately the thing that made it, VizSweet, hasn't yet been released. 

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM, Moses Boudourides <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Pajek, Gephi, iGraph, for graph diagrams, and NVD3, NodeBox, Bokeh etc., for general plots, all do this.

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM, Ian McCulloh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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ORA from www.casos.cs.cmu.edu also does this.

Ian McCulloh

On Nov 11, 2014, at 2:20 PM, Julia Baird <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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Hi All,

 

I am curious to know if there are programs out there that create network diagrams in a format that is interactive for viewers (i.e., they can hover over a node for more information about it, or click on a node to highlight its ties to other nodes)?

 

Thanks!

Julia

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