Data Visualization GlobalNOC's WorldView visualization tool

Published on October 16th, 2013 | by Travis Korte

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Mapping Networks with Your Fingers

Not everyone who works with telecommunications networks can read the complicated network diagrams used by engineers. But even nontechnical users need to be able to rapidly identify glitches and problems in the network. To address this need, Indiana University’s Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) created WorldView, a real-time data visualization system with a multi-touch interface that was designed for technical and nontechnical users alike.

Integrated with Google Earth, it maps network connections and operating status, along with environmental phenomena that might could impact network operations. If an area of the network goes down, a user can check if there is a storm overhead and quickly identify possible causes of the outage. The team envisions applications for their tool beyond network mapping, including situational awareness and interactive mapping of educational outcomes.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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