Photos: Data visualisation – the case for graphic clarity


Shipping traffic - Data visualisation

Source:  N. Willems / H. van de Wetering / J. van Wijk / TUE

Shipping traffic - Data visualisation

This map shows a day of shipping traffic near Rotterdam, on the Netherlands coast.

Software processes the continuous data ships feed to coastguards to show individual traces of each vessel.

Darker traces signifiy slower speeds, and colour coding shows the density of traffic in different areas.

The sea lanes in the area can be clearly seen.

Traffic is densest in the bottom right, very close to Rotterdam harbour.

(Image: N. Willems / H. van de Wetering / J. van Wijk / TUE)


As new ways of analysing the world around us are developed, new ways to visualise that information are needed.

The recent Eurovis Symposium, held in Berlin, brought together international researchers with new ideas about how to make data easier to interpret and act on.

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