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  • Gareth Pon & Jhono Bennet

Advancing data visualisation

Developing new and innovative ways for data to be shared, accessed and disseminated is a core focus of the GCRO. Advancing Data Visualisation is a project designed to explore the number of options available to the organisation when developing new datasets and interactive visualisations.

New, advanced forms of visualisation allow the GCRO to continue to capture the public imagination by presenting information in creative ways. Information disseminated in accessible and interesting formats has also proved successful with policy makers and governmental officials, and the GRCO continues to build on these successes.

Beyond the importance of sharing information in accessible and interesting ways, data visualisation has become a key area of urban research. Centres such as MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab and Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab produce important visual outputs but also regularly use data visualisation as an integral part of the research process. The seamless integration of story maps, interactive vignettes, photo essays, Quality of Life survey photos, videos, and GIS maps into research is the major outcome of this project.


The GCRO continues to work closely with the Wits School of Arts (WSOA), Digital Arts Department in developing combined interactive data visualisation projects for students. Using preliminary Quality of Life 2015 Survey data related to neighbourhood questions, the students produced a number of online interactive data visualisations. A selection of these visualisations will be hosted on the GCRO’s website.

The GCRO’s planned interactive visualisation named ‘Gauteng as a village of 100 people’ which explores our Quality of Life 2015 Survey data to convey key results, will be soon released as an online interactive application on the GCRO’s website.



In 2014 the GCRO worked closely with the WSOA Digital Arts Department to develop a set of interactive data visualisations based on our 2013 Quality of Life Survey. A selection of the best projects are included below. Please click on each to download the program.

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Jayson Junkoon - Does Gauteng trust itself?

Johara Mansura – Top 5 complaints from different income groups

Katherine Donald – Mine waste

Louwrens Ferreira – Types of pollution regarded as the biggest problem facing the community

Michelle McDulling – Gauteng’s biggest issues

Ricardo Tagliatti – Who uses Gauteng’s transport system?

Last updated: 20 October 2017


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