The World Bank, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of Michigan, and international development organization developmentSEED have created NightLights.io, a data visualization illustrating the electrification of India from 1993 to 2013. The visualization uses data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, an initiative run by the U.S. Air Force and NOAA that photographs the Earth at night, to indicate the light output of India’s 600,000 villages every month. Users can also filter the visualization to view villages participating in India’s electrification program, launched in 2005, to see how it has influenced the spread of electricity.
Watching India Light Up
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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