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Snapshots, Movies and Interactive Tools: Analyzing and Communicating the Power of Relationships in Innovation Ecosystems (of Digital Media)

1.1.2011 0:00 - 1.1.2011 0:00  


MindTrek Partner Day Session: Visualizing Innovation Ecosystems

We are at an unprecedented time in history – when we have novel possibilities for creating and sharing data (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, collaboratively created databases and other social media) as well as analytical tools that allow us to visualize the vast, oftentimes unorganized amounts of this invisible data. Could those be used toward understanding of a complex phenomenon called innovation?

Researchers and other investigators of ecosystems of companies and connected individuals can actually see the entities, relationships and forces they’re making sense of! With data-driven images, they can visually share the current realities and desired transformations with program managers, change makers and others interested in the phenomena.

In this session, we are going to describe the concept of innovation ecosystem, define questions that are yet to be answered, present visualization-driven methods of social media analysis, and discuss how these methods may be applied in the context of innovation ecosystem research. Further, we give a review of some of the openly available and easy-to-use tools for visual network analysis such as NodeXL and Gephi as well as other visualisation tools that can be used to complement network analysis.

This event follows the Innovation Ecosystem Summit ( organized on July 11, 2011 hosted by Media X at Stanford (

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08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Keynote: Transformational Value-Creation Through Network Orchestration
Martha G. Russell, Media X at Stanford

10:15-11:30 What kind of questions in innovation ecosystems insist visualization?

Mobility Analysis in the Context of European Innovation Ecosystem
Marko Turpeinen, EIT ICT Labs

Insights into Finnish Innovations in the Ecosystem Investment Landscape
Marko Seppä, Global Venture Lab Finland

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-14:00 Data-driven insights into innovation ecosystems

What Visual Analytics Have to Offer to Innovation Journalism?
Matti Posio, Editor, Debate and Culture at Aamulehti, Innovation Journalism Fellow at Stanford University 2010, To be confirmed

Analyzing Twitter with NodeXL and Gephi
Olli Parviainen, Verkostoanatomia

Understanding the Branding of Cities Through Twitter
Camilla Yu, Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

Recent Examples of Visual Storytelling on Innovation Ecosystems
Jukka Huhtamäki, Hypermedia Laboratory at TUT

14:00 Coffee break (& posters)

14:30 The role of data in innovation ecosystems

Social Media Data Extraction and Analysis Tools
Jaakko Salonen, Hypermedia Laboratory at TUT

Open Data and Innovation Ecosystems
Petri Kola and Jaakko Rajaniemi, Apps4Finland

Linked Data and Innovation Ecosystems
Ossi Nykänen, W3C Finnish Office & Hypermedia Laboratory at TUT

15:30 Future directions

What Can We Learn from Network Controllability?
Seppo Pohjolainen and Jukka Huhtamäki, Hypermedia Laboratory at TUT

Social Media-Driven Actionable Insights for Service (ICT) Innovation
Kaisa Still, Kaisa Koskela-Huotari and Minna Isomursu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Some speakers are yet to be confirmed. The titles are preliminary and may change for the final program.

The Partner Day Session: Visualizing Innovation Ecosystems is organized by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Hypermedia Laboratory at Tampere University of Technology, with special contributions coming from Sindi-research project ( and Innovation Ecosystems Network ( lead by Media X at Stanford.

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