A Clever Label - an investigative documentary experience with an open API

Hi I'm Michela from Sydney studio Mod http://mod.studio)

We are working on an investigative documentary experience A Clever Label using Neo4J behind the scenes and looking for community support to finalize our soon to be public graph and REST API.

Here is a sneak peek and short presentation on the project - including a 3min video that gives more of a taste.

Having spent several years researching how anti-LGBTQI lobbying works in Australia and internationally, we're almost ready to go public with our data set as we continue with production of a pilot virtual production that will be released as a mixed reality video and a location-based VR experience.

As a director who specialises in realtime and virtual production I've been exploring the potential of graph databases to help in the research phase of shows but also (and this is the experimental bit) be available via motion gestures for VR and virtual production filming.

What do we need?

We're looking for Neo4J expertise to refine our schema and workflow ahead of populating the rest of our data.

We have a tiny project budget and small dedicated team of cross-disciplinary practitioners but aside from the show audience - data scientists and journalists are very much in our thoughts. With a proof-of-concept Neo4J database linked into our web services API and then into our Unreal Engine virtual production experience, we're after linkages with communities, graph database designers and hackers who can help us shine a light on a timely topic that traditional journalism has not covered terribly well.

Can you help?.


Attending SIGGRAPH Asia next week? Come and say hi - I'll be talking about this project on this panel


Hi Michela,
This is really interesting!!!!

@sony did you see this???

Great work Michela :metal:


Thanks Jasper. YourRock'nRoll traffic routing tute was really handy getting my head around neo4j basics BTW.

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We're still looking for help on the neo4j side of things. I'll be posting individual questions/requests shortly and link them here.

@michela Could you please use my @handle when you post the questions? I sometimes miss updates for topics that I'm following on this platform. I think mentioning someone directly will definitely trigger a notification.

Key question:

Q) Is there such a thing as a simple (for non-technical editorial staff) Neo4J compatible editor?

Happy to look at paid options but have been unable to find anything that is 1) easy to use 2) robust 3) supports Create Read Update Delete functions for both nodes and relationships


  • Neo4J browser (cypher only)
  • neo4j-js-ng (buggy)
  • phdd/neo4j-browser (buggy)

cc @jasperblues

I'm not sure about desk/web apps, somebody will know, meanwhile believe that @niklassaers creator of #neo4j-swift has published an iOS app in the appstore that has these features. Asking him for details.

@jasperblues oh yeah I also bought @niklassaers Graph Gopher http://saers.com/graphgopher/
Handy for iOS but couldn't find a way to delete nodes or relationships.

Lots of polishing to do but this whole explore-graph-in-VR-as-documentary malarky is coming together. Can't wait to share!


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Looking good @michela !

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Would you be interested in presenting this on the Neo4j Online Meetup?

@michela If you have any video footage from your upcoming presentation at SIGGRAPH Asia it would be great to see!

Here's the video from SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Real-Time Live! where I explored our Neo4J powered research live on stage in VR


After many years of hard work, I'm delighted to announce that our documentary, Á Clever Label will soon be released as a Steam VR title! We couldn't have got to this point without lots of invaluable contributions, including our Startup license for Neo4J.

Playtesters can sign-up via Steam right now and we're hoping to release in a few weeks.



Soo cool to see it coming to live on Steam, congratulations @michela
We should do a twitch live stream when it comes out so that you can demonstrate it to our community?

Love to do that. Will get back to you on that.

Hi Michael, just following up re. your twitch stream idea. We've launched and keen to do this. Drop us a line when you've got time.