Monday, 26 October 2009

Visualising Transport Data for Data.gov.uk



Data.gov.uk is the Cabinet Office's project to open up government data and make it available for reuse. At Ito we take a great interest in all things open (maps, data, you name it), so when we were invited to take part in the data.gov.uk Developer Camp we leapt at the chance.

These events usually bring together some of the best minds in the UK, and over just a couple of days we saw a lot of exciting work going on from some very talented people. Our intructions were simple:


We duly obliged, and as industry partners of the DfT on the Ideas In Transit research project, it made sense to work on the traffic count data that had been made available as part of data.gov.uk.

It can be hard to make meaningful information from huge amounts of data, a graph and a table doesn't always communicate all it should do. We have been working hard on technology to visualise big datasets into compelling stories that humans can understand. We were really pleased with what we came up with in just one and a half days, see for yourself:

Data.gov.uk Traffic Visualisation Slides from ItoWorld on Vimeo.



And if you fancy, see me present this in best Geography teacher style:

Data.gov.uk Dev Camp - Visualising Traffic Data from ItoWorld on Vimeo.



And finally, we have all the visuals up as images on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/itolabs/sets/72157622542739701/

All videos and images released under CC-BY-SA.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is "data.gov.uk" by invite only? That's such shame...

Peter Miller said...

I believe the aim is to open it up by the end of 2009. In the mean time you can ask to access to the closed-beta as we did.

Dan Moran said...

What tools did you use to do this data viz? I'm a PhD student working on data visualization for international trade flows and I really like your 3d stacked line idea. It's the first time I've seen it, and it works beautifully.

Peter Miller said...

Thanks for the feedback. We are not aware of commercially available software to do this and use our own software which has been developed by Hal Bertram, our technical director, who also pioneered various CGI techniques in the film world before joining us to apply these skills the transport sector. Do email me to continue the conversation re trade flows.

/michael. said...

Don't forget 'Ebb and Flow of Melbourne Trains' from Flink Labs in Melbourne, Australia.