— Visualising migration in England and Wales Seeing Data is a research project which aims to understand how people make sense of big data visualisations. We created two different visualisations exploring the same topic of migration. One visualisation focuses on quantitative data taken from the 2011 census, the second visualisation is based on 7 years of news coverage on the subject.
— Migration in the Census The first visualisation explores data about non-UK born citizens, within the 348 local authorities of England and Wales. The last UK census was conducted on 27 March 2011. Out of 56,075,912 residents in England and Wales, 7,097,653 were born abroad. People migrated to England and Wales from all over the world.
To make the data easy to explore, every region in the dataset is shown as a bubble to its specific geo-location.
A search bar enables the user to look for a specific location in the database. The size of each bubble indicates the number of non-UK born residents living in that local authority at the time of the census. By clicking on a bubble users can dive into more in depth statistics about the local authority’s foreign citizens and compare this to a profile of another local authority. The ’bubble map’ remains visible in the background enabling users to easily switch from one region to another.
— Migration in the News The website enables the user to explore insights about the newspapers corpus. While analysing the data, four questions emerged that were of interest to the research: How did the news coverage of each migrant group change over time? Which people/organisations are linked to specific newspaper items? What words were typically used to describe each migrant group? How often did different people or organisations appear in the news?
Users van find answers to each question by exploring different visualisations. Each of the visualisation offers filters the data according to media type or category, revealing interesting and subtle differences. For the visualisations we used a combination of techniques ranging from network visualisations, small multiples to trend-over-time histograms.
For the result please visit the website: http://seeingdata.cleverfranke.com
- Creative Directors Thomas Clever, Gert Franke
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- Designers Thomas Clever, Wouter van Dijk, Jonas Groot Kormelink, Pietro Lodi
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- Editors William Allen, Rosemary Hill, Helen Kennedy, Andy Kirk
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- Developers Jonas Groot Kormelink, Wilco Tomassen, Mark Haasjes