Network of the German Civil Code

Network of the German Civil Code

What happens if you bring every paragraph of a specific law on the wall. The result is a network which is showing the complexity of the law. A hand-made visualization was done to connect 2385 paragraphs of the German Civil Code by 1896. Every paragraph contains a number of references to other paragraphs. In the physical visualization each reference was visualized through red threads. After a lot of hours worked the overall structure of the law is visible. What you can see are local clusters of references between the paragraphs and if you take a few steps back you can see patterns through the symmetry. We used two walls to fill the room and because of this effect a triangle of references is visible.

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moebio's picture

beautiful, does Ted Nelson know this?