Prospect is a sophisticated web-app implemented as a plugin for WordPress that enables users to collect and curate data and then enable the wider public to visualize and access that data. The graphical representation of data – whether it be geographical information shown on maps, temporal data shown on timelines, interpersonal relationships shown as connected graphs, etc. – can facilitate end-users in comprehending it quickly and analyzing it in domain-specific ways.
Prospect is intended for visualizing large data sets when the user is exploring visual representations of information space, looking for patterns in these visual representations and drilling deeper into those data items that are of interest.
Our experience in the Digital Innovation Lab has brought us to the conclusion that our goals of creating sustainable digital tools for a wide audience are best realized by building a platform as a plugin that complements and extends WordPress. This allows a user to have all of the rich functionality that comes with WordPress, and all of its other plugins, without having to write custom code to support those features. Prospect, instead, extends just what is missing from WordPress to make it a sophisticated platform for processing and visualizing complex data. WordPress is the most popular content management system for websites in the world and large set of engaged software developers is constantly updating and evolving its open-source code base.
Prospect 0.8 was released in December 2015. Learn more about Prospect and download the plugin.