Location based data visualization framework for web

Takram has developed a web-browser-based framework for visualising geographical big data. Three visualisations were created for Media Ambition Tokyo 2017, presenting data on language, air traffic, and population. The framework is designed to achieve both analytical and immersive visual experience through the use of various techniques such as parallel projection and depth of field.

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World Air Traffic

This scene visualizes the flight paths of the 6,763 plains that were in the air at 8:36 on 21st of January 2017. The red dots represent all 16,405 airports in the world, and are scaled based on the number of flights that they accommodate.

Estimated Population 2050

This scene visualizes the population of Japan in 2010 based on the census result, and one in 2050 based on the forecast by Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. With a resolution of 500 meters, the height and color of each column represent the population of the area. The forecast also included regional population changes and projected age distributions from 2010 to 2040 which can be accessed by selecting an individual prefecture.

Tweeted Languages

This scene visualizes 627,308 tweets posted between the 28th of January and the 8th of February 2017. The 2,639 languages that were detected in the tweets during this period are ranked according to the frequency of usage. Tweets are then stacked based on language. English, the most widely-tweeted language globally, is placed at the bottom of the stack whereas the least-tweeted languages are placed at its top.

The scene also includes global languages represented by white spheres. Their classification and location are based on a publication of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.