Here is a really pointless hack – Joern Hees asked me if I knew of any tools to force layout and visualise RDF graphs. We wondered about graphviz, but he wanted an interactive tool. When he left I wondered if it wouldn’t be quite easy to at least make an animation with graphviz. Of course it took longer than the 10 minutes, I expected, but it sort of worked. Based on the graphviz siblings example graph:
# get example wget http://www.graphviz.org/Gallery/directed/siblings.gv.txt # create the initial random layout neato -Gstart=rand -Gmaxiter=1 -o i.dot siblings.gv.txt # create 200 pngs for each iteration for x in $(seq 200) ; do neato -Gmaxiter=$x -Tpng -o $(printf "%03d" $x).png i.dot ; done # resize so they are all the same size - graphviz sizing (-Gsize=4,4) is specified in inches and does not always produce PNGs of the same size. for f in *.png ; do convert $f -resize 500x500! out.png ; mv out.png $f ; done # make movie mencoder mf://*.png -mf w=450:h=500:fps=10:type=png -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:mbd=2:trell -oac copy -o output.avi # upload to youtube # profit!
(Of course there are many other tools that are much better than this – this is really a “because I can” case.)