By scraping data from various online global data sources, we put together a base of migratory and habitat data of the species H. sapiens. Following that, we have built a webapp to visualise these migration patterns based on various economic and sociopolitical indices such as
The app displays the data in an objective manner, allowing the users to draw their own conclusions. We hope this would challenge the perceived biases of the users of our app; certain indices may be highly sensationalised in media, but we seek to provide an environment for people to simply confront the facts.
Here we will elaborate on the technical specifications of the project:
Data was scraped from the various websites listed above. A python script was written to compile the data into smaller and more lightweight data files, which can then be used to populate our information database.
Our visualisation takes inspiration from flight path diagrams from airline advertisements. It consist of arcs overlaid onto a Mercator projection of the globe. The thickness and opacity of the line correspond to the quantity of migrant flow between the two countries. When two such countries are selected, information regarding the gaps between their various indices, ranked in terms of their significance, is displayed below.
Potential future developments:
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.