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Stories in Travel Data

Stories in Travel Data

What stories you can tell, and what insights can you gain from travel data? A presentation about the vizualization open flight data, and of bicycle journey data from London's bicycle hire scheme. Actually given at Geomob London, July 17th 2014.

James Siddle

July 17, 2014

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  1. Stories
    in Travel
    James Siddle
    Geomob, 13th May 2013

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  2. What?
    About Me
    Data, Story, Chart, Design
    Open Flight Data
    Boris Bike Journeys
    Boris Bike Journeys (again)
    Where Next?

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  3. Open Flight Data
    “In a nutshell, it's a tool that lets you map your
    flights around the world, search and filter them
    in all sorts of interesting ways, calculate
    statistics automatically, and share the resulting
    maps with friends and the world.”
    Ten years of journeys from my friend “Mario”
    Transformed into a graph

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  7. ● Graph visualization (nodes/edges)
    ● Auto-layouts reveal relationships
    ● #journeys made = edge weight
    ● #connections = node size
    ● Partitioning
    ● Grouping
    Visualization Technology - Gephi

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  8. Boris Bike Journeys
    All Boris Bike journeys for 6 Months
    Start/end dates and times
    Start/end stations
    Station IDs
    … more
    Augmented with geo data for stations

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  12. Boris Bike Journeys (again)
    Focus on Customer IDs
    Associated with each discrete journey
    Possible oversight by TFL
    Opted for custom JS vizualization

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  19. More Technology
    MySQL - relational store
    ● Simple
    ● Easy to use
    ● Plug in different tilesets
    ● Rich interactivity of javascript
    Raw journey data - processed in JS

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  20. Where Next?
    Even more bikes (NY/SF)
    Cloropleth mapping
    TFL tube/tram data
    Fun with Genotypes

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