I developed a Digital Impact Map which utilises the backbone of our Alerts API to track the push-notifications we send from Cube HQ to users all around the world.
To make this data easily-digestible I displayed different types of disasters, locations and specific dangers or hazards by colour coding, using the size of elements as an indicator of severity, creating alert clusters and an interface which can be easily explored and interacted with.
A visualisation of the Digital Impact of Hurricane Harvey. Our emergency alerts system received over 75 million server-requests, with over 5,500 per minute at the peak of the storms.
Using Data Visualisation in Your Organisation:
Data visualisation can be a great way to convey information and statistics in an interface that non-technical users can understand, opening the doors for organisations to reach more audiences and convey messages in a far more engaging and compelling way.
From my experience working on this data platform, my tops tip are to work out which information is of most importance and value, what will engage your users and how your platform will benefit people, if like with hurricanes, you data is timely and urgent in saving lives.
If you want to hear more or chat about data visualisation, get in touch with Kev.
How else could the Digital Impact Map save lives?
Managing & mobilising disaster response:
Disaster management organisations such as the American Red Cross face a similar challenge when it comes to responding to disasters; being that with so many relief-workers, volunteers and resources, it’s often tricky to distribute these efficiently. A visualisation of these natural disasters could mean that organisations know which areas need the most support, what they need in-particular and how many people should be sent out to help them.
Fundraising for disaster aid & relief efforts:
Another huge opportunity for the Digital Impact Map is actually appealing to the general public and supporters of disaster management organisations and charities. A visualisation of the impact these disasters are having would be a sure way to generate support through a new, engaging and informative platform, one which acts as a real-time visualisation rather than just individual warnings, broadcasts and messages.