Maps & Data Visualization

Clear data visualization is a key element to bring your message to the world. Users and clients alike enjoy graphical representations of information, and they make better decisions when you present your data in an appealing format.

Time-poor managers want small and intuitive dashboards –visual reports that display the health and major metrics of your business. I can help you define and implement eye-catching and useful dashboards using industry-standard tools.

Using geographical and spatial tools I can help you put your data points in the real world –a map can convey a unique depth to your information, and can be very compelling for your users.

Ground Zero

Ground Zero was designed as part of an educational project for children in primary schooling –it shows the radius of destruction of a nuclear detonation on any location. It uses Google Maps and Javascript and presents a simple, but succinct, visualization of the consequences of nuclear warfare.

Its newer version Ground Zero II was a runaway success, and has been featured in multiple websites and columns across the Internet. It has been used by grassroots activists, civil defence group, planners and even academic scholars.

Both scripts currently draw more than 20 thousand visitors per month to this website.

Friends of the Earth

A non-profit organization with over 2 million members and supporters around the world, Friends of the Earth requested a map application where an image of the contamination fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 could be superimposed over a map of Australia.

The purpose of the application is to present the danger from a possible radiation accident, should nuclear reactors be built on Australia.

This map is online and can be seen at their website.

Missile Range Tool

Designed as a tool for display of stored data, the application shows the range of selected weapons on a Google map and allows the user to explore the combinations of weapons, ranges and locations.

It uses a “Model-View-Controller” data-reader and dispatcher – built in PHP using CodeIgniter. The MVC queries the weapon data from a mySQL database and sends information to the front-end rendering code, written in Javascript and using Google’s Maps API.

The tool is active and receives about three thousand visits per month.