August 17, 2010

IBM's World Factbook Interactive Dashboard

Data visualization is becoming increasingly important, so I'm always interested in seeing the various ways in which massive amounts of information can be portrayed in a human-comprehensible style. To that end, IBM's ILOG Elixir development team is working on a powerful and elegant interactive dashboard:

IBM's team is showing off the data rendering capabilities of Adobe Flex through an online demonstration of their World Factbook Dashboard. It's a heavily stylized application that contains various gauges, 3D column and pie charts, a radar chart, a treemap and a world map view, which are all coordinated and synced through some very smooth animated effects. The different views also allow for the dynamic, user-driven scaling of the color legend, while countries can be compared by those in their immediate neighborhood.

More here and here.

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