The way in which information is displayed is key to understanding its underlying meaning. With data analytics and visualisation being at the convergence of GCRO's research, this project aims to explore different state of the art techniques for preparing and visualising data in general and geospatial data in particular. It is motivated by the need to enhance the current GCRO QoL and GIS online viewers with geovisual analytics capabilities in view of improving the intuitiveness and enabling an easy understanding of the analysis results presented on both platforms.
Not only will the outcomes of this project benefit GCRO researchers in terms of probing the data through Geovisual analytics techniques, but also various GCRO audiences such as GCR government officials will also be able to easily engage and draw insight from the published analysis results. Furthermore, in reference to the 10-pillar programme of change produced by the Premier’s Office, the resulting efforts of this project will contribute towards the modernisation of state and governance with novel approaches of analysing and visualising the GCR geospatial data.
This research will start by exploring the underlying concepts involved in geovisual analytics, interactive mapping and storytelling by doing a survey of related literature. A series of investigations and experiments with different existing software and technologies suitable for performing geovisual analytics, interactive mapping and storytelling of statistical data will be conducted. Options for replacing the current GIS server with a new one which will be capable of supporting various enhancements will also be explored. The results of the investigations and experiments will form the basis of academic outputs such as posters, conference or journal articles.
Story Map: Transforming transport in the Gauteng City-Region October 2015