Saturday, March 24, 2007

More Timelines in Motion

BBC NEWS | In Depth | Baghdad: Mapping the violence

This interactive graphic from the BBC will repay your careful interactive examination.

Some things to try.

1) Drag the timeline slider slowly to see how the level of violence has changed month to month.

2) Also click on Ethnic Areas and then click back and forth between Current and Pre-2006 to see the dramatic changes in ethnic mix that have taken place already and to understand where the predominance of violence is taking place.

It will be interesting to compare the March 2007 view of violence when it is ready to the pictures of violence in December 2006, January 2007 and February 2007 to better gauge the degree to which the "surge" may be having a positive effect.

This would be even better if, like Gapminder, there were a PLAY button and some Speed control. Next Month and Previous Month buttons would also be handy as it is a little tricky dragging the timeline control exactly one month forward or back or clicking on exactly a given hash mark along the timeline of months.

Hat tip to: Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media

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