Together with Daniel and Thomas, I took part in a visualising marathon in London which was organized by Visualising.org last weekend. We met other students with different backgrounds and learned more about data visualization. We somehow survived the 24hour-marathon flawlessly and even explored the city afterwards. Our visualization is made in Processing and communicates the feeling of UK citizens towards the London Olympic Games in 2012 (this dataset was given). The spheres constitute the main perceived advantages and disadvantages that the games will bring to the United Kingdom. The Surface area of the spheres represents the percentage of the population that agrees with that given statement. The blue spheres represent the positive statements while the red ones represent the negative statements.
We also made a backup-plan because we weren’t certain if all the programming would go well (see below). The concept is that the more you zoom in, the more data and information gets visible. Each symbol represents an answer from the survey and we assigned a color to each theme. The height of the rings shows how positive or negative the UK citizens perceive the upcoming Olympic Games.
Entries from other competitors can be found here. Winners will be announced in two weeks.
More information about the event:
In a 3- or 4-person team, you’ll have 24 hours (from 12:00 PM on Saturday to 12:00 PM on Sunday) to design a solution to a real world problem that we will give at the start of the Marathon. You will gain access to a selection of open data sets to work with on Visualizing.org (and you can use any other data set you want so long as it’s open). You’ll collaborate with your team through the night to come up with your entry, designing alongside 100 or so other students in a stimulating and fun space. Any format is welcome, so long as it can be uploaded on Visualizing.org.