Data Visualization A Guardian visualization showing international air travel.

Published on January 24th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Tracking Every Flight in the Skies

At any given moment, half a million people are flying in airplanes. An interactive feature in The Guardian this week incorporates a visualization showing how the world’s flights move across the world with the cycles of dawn and dusk. It illustrates how Europe gets colored in with flight activity, while Africa and South America remain relatively empty. The visualization was created to commemorate the first commercial plane flight, which took place in Tampa, Florida, one hundred years ago this week.

Take a look.

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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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