Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Animating Big Data on Maps
CartoDB's Torque allows developers to render large, time-series data on a map in the client. The library effectively provides a simple method to animate large amounts of data on a map.
A good demonstration of Torque in action is this Amsterdam: Fire Engine Callouts map. The map uses the Torque library to animate 62,415 fire brigade call-outs in Amsterdam between January 2006 and September 2010.
Another superb example of a Torque driven map is the amazing Navy of WWI animated visualization. This visualization maps 1 million WWI Royal Navy locations from before the outbreak of World War I until 1925.
The Torque library was also used to create a fascinating animated map showing one seagull's movements over two months. LifeWatch compressed two months of data into 120 seconds to animate the seagull's movements in and around Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Posted by Keir Clarke at 5:07 AM