Global Terrorism Attacks Globe

This 3D globe shows the frequency of documented terrorist attacks on the Global Terrorism Database between 2012 and 2014.

Posted by Yu-Lin Yang on September 30, 2016

You can find a live demo here.

I built a 3D interactive globe showcasing the frequency of documented terrorist attacks on the Global Terrorism Database in 2012, 2013, and 2014 using WebGL Globe. This project was built for Capital One's "Global Data Visualization" Challenge.

I chose the Global Terrorism attacks because of the obvious threat terrorists pose on the world these days.

This data was first acquired from the GTD compiled by the University of Maryland - College Park. I downloaded the data in excel format, omitted unnecessary data, and exported as a JSON file. Since the data from the JSON file is not the same format as the one the Globe receives data, I wrote a JS program (Inside "Conversion Program") to gather all repeated latitude/longitudes by year and set it as the length (magnitude) of the line on the actual globe. (The rounding factor of longitude/latitude as well as the scale factor of the data set (line height) can be adjusted as well in this program)

The colors of the line is determined by the length of each line through statistical normalization (longer line - darker color, shorter line - lighter). Red, grey, and black were chosen as the dominant colors since that better reflects the violence of the topic (terrorism). Lastly, I used Photoshop to create a globe image.