Tagged: visualisation

Asteroid 2011 MD passes through the Earth’s GPS satellite network - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Jun 27, 2011

Tomorrow the ten metre wide Asteroid 2011 MD will pass within 12,000 km of Earth. How close is that? Well, it’s close enough that it will travel through the network of GPS satellites that circle the Earth. Pasquale Tricarico, a Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, has created a series of animations describing the event’s … Read More

How do you Visualise a Conversation? - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Jun 24, 2011

Over the next couple of days I am helping run an online event called Magnetic South – an online game about the long term future of Christchurch. It is part of Christchurch City Council’s Share an Idea suite of initiatives and will input to the development of the Central City Plan. The game is being run on … Read More

Ring of Fire – Animated Map of World Earthquakes (Jan 1 – Mar 12, 2011 GMT) - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Mar 13, 2011

This video was made very quickly and could use some work. I post it here in case you find it interesting. I suggest you watch it full-screen, in high definition with scaling off. [vimeo width=”680″ height=”383″]http://vimeo.com/20966740[/vimeo] The animation depicts two and half months of 2011 USGS earthquake data. Blue circles represent deep seismic activity recordings (>= 40km deep). Read More

An animated map of Auckland’s public transport network - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Jan 20, 2011

I grew up in Auckland and spent many years using the city’s public transport system to get from place to place. While sitting on a bus, I sometimes wondered what the transportation network would look like if we could see the movements of the individual vehicles from the air. I would try to visualise the aggregate trajectories as each vehicle … Read More

Geo-tweets and population density - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Dec 13, 2010

A few weeks back I animated 24 hours of Twitter data, mapping every tweet with geographic coordinates. I found it interesting to observe not only where geo-tweets occurred but also where they were absent. The video below tentatively explores the relationship between population density and where people are tweeting. This animation begins with a view focused on Wellington, New … Read More

Sienna Latham on Alchemy, Women and Data Visualisation - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Nov 10, 2010

This evening’s post is a guest contribution from my wife, Sienna Latham. She writes below about the role of data visualisation in her historical research. — I recently submitted my master’s thesis on English women’s chymical activities during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), exploring the intersecting histories of science, medicine, magic, women and religion. ‘Chymistry’ is a composite term … Read More

Friday morning video — Touchable Holograms - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Oct 08, 2010

My jaw dropped when I saw this video of researchers at Tokyo University creating holographic images that “feel” like physical objects. The technology uses ultrasonic waves to create a sensation of pressure on the hands of people interacting with the hologram. When inaudible sound waves emitted by a set of ultrasonic transducers interfere, they can create a focal point … Read More

Friday morning video – Journalism In The Age of Data - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Oct 01, 2010

If you are at all interested in data visualisation, please find 50 minutes to watch this excellent feature by Geoff McGhee. Journalism in the Age of Data explores how programmers, designers and journalists are creating visualisations to understand datasets, tell stories and encourage curiosity. There are great interviews and intriguing examples throughout. Highly recommended. [vimeo width=”651″ height=”366″]http://vimeo.com/14777910[/vimeo] … Read More