Visualizing the network of world merchandise trade
Grasping the dynamics of world trade from tabular data is difficult. When around $18 trillion worth of merchandise is moving between economies in a single year, it can all get just a bit too confusing. With the aim of clarifying the strength of trade links between the major world regions, and the changing relationships over time, the Locus Insight team has built an innovative viewer for global merchandise trading relationships. The dynamic chart shows the value of trade between the major world regions for the three years 2008 to 2010. The chart is built using the brilliant open source D3.js library.( http://d3js.org/)
This is a proof of concept project demonstrating the potential for this type of interactive chart as a tool for communicating complex trade data to a public audience with a growing appetite for engaging and informative data visualizations.
Given the necessary time and resources we will build on this platform to develop a rich information portal enabling drill-down to country level and providing an analysis of trade by product category.
Until the onset of the European economic crisis long term government bond yields were given scant attention by the public. Now the interest rates on these bonds have become a weather-vane for the status of the national economies and there is keen interest in tracking their movements.
The monthly average yields are reported by the European Central Bank and are also listed on Eurostat. The information is presented in tabular format and takes a bit of scanning to get the overall picture of the historic movement and current status.
The Locus Insight interactive EU bond yield chart presents this information in a handy interactive timeline format.
This type of interactive timeline is useful for reporting many types of historic data. A large volume of data can be accessed through a single interface. The chart is designed to be intuitive to use and simple to interpret.
Locus Insight can design and implement custom charts of this type to suit any data set and help you to improve your communication of complex information. Let us know your requirements through the contact form on http://www.locusinsight.com
Data source: European Central Bank http://www.ecb.int/stats/money/long/html/index.en.html