Visualizing Corporate America

The Freebase blog posted a visualization of data about the network of american companies. This example displays the connection between companies based on shared board members. The data for the visualization is available and features:

  • 60,000 people who are directors or high-level employees at public companies
  • Headquarters and industry codes for 7000 companies
  • The complete NAICS tree of industries, with mappings to companies
  • Revenues and income amounts for 5000 companies, as of their latest 10-K filings
  • Approximate market capitalizations for 5000 companies, as of the end of 2007

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Freebase is also providing sample queries in MQL to get you startet extracting data and revealing dependencies, causes or effects.

If you haven’t already come across Freebase I let the official website describe the superb service:

Freebase is an open database of the world’s information. It is built by the community and for the community — free for anyone to query, contribute to, built applications on top of, or integrate into their websites.

Freebase uses data from various large datasets like Wikipedia, MusicBrainz or the above-mentioned SEC to become a huge social database.

They Rule” is a interactive visualization created with Adobe Flash that is based on the same data.

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  • brightner

    the first one looks like it could have been made with yed Graph editor (www.yworks.com)

  • brightner

    the first one looks like it could have been made with yed Graph editor (www.yworks.com)