Four Decades of World Terrorist/Freedom Fighter Attacks

James Risner on 15|12|2013
Filled under: Assignment4

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This is the first sketch I’ve been really happy with, it allows the user to explore the terrorism database in significant detail.  This data really tells some amazing stories, and I’ve found myself getting quite lost in it.  A lot of that is down to the simple “summary” text rather than the visualisation per se, but the visualisation gives a good idea of context as well.

I’d like to have been able to give an ongoing summary of the effects rather than one incident at a time, but unfortunately did not have time.  The sketch also requires a large amount of processing power due to the unfolding map and the very large CSV file.

I was really happy with the amount of interactivity introduced into this sketch, especially the buttons.  Although because of the slow frame-rate, you need to press the mouse solidly down on the buttons.  It’s also the first time I’ve used a control P5 slider, it was necessary to place it in a separate window because otherwise it interfered with the map controls.

Something I was really happy with was the scrolling summary text when the visualisation pauses, it was a solution which works around the very variable size of the text in the incidents summary.  I considered not including the summary, but it’s essential for the

I worked the sketch up on a large desktop screen, but have shrinked it so it will work on a laptop, although I haven’t tried it out yet!  Since making this visualisation, I’ve found two others, one Guardian one which is,fustratingly, very similar:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/apr/17/four-decades-us-terror-attacks-listed-since-1970

though still limited compared to mine and only based in the USA.

The only other visualisation of this data I have found is:

http://www.start.umd.edu/datarivers/vis/GtdExplorer.swf

useful, but in a very different way.

Here are my zip files:

assignment4-desktopsize

assignment_4laptop_version

my data is from: http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/

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