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Posted on April 1, 2012 by

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When data meets the eye

The following data highlights the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan during the period of 2004-2004. Ideally the idea of this exercise is to make the invisible visible through images and visuals rather than statistics and data. The effective portrayal of this form of visualisation can be identified through the dramatic increase in colour to encompass the incline in death tolls. What therefore may seem rather minuscule when presented via data and numbers has a greater impact and effect when projected through colour and images.

“The sheer volume of observations [in the WikiLeaks database] inhibit the majority of consumers from being able to gain knowledge from it. By providing graphical summaries of the data people can draw inferences quickly, which would have been very difficult to do by serially reading through the files,”-  NYU political science grad student (and occasional Danger Room contributor) Drew Conway .


From the data depicted in all three graphical representations the ability to extract greater information has been highly beneficial to intelligence resources as well as individuals. Rather than relying on statistics revealed in Wikileaks these forms of representations allow a flow of sentiment and understanding of the war through the alarming casualty and death tolls, particularly in recent years. These visualisations thus elucidate the significance of the outcome of the war and its overall impact on a whole new scale.

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