In my previous post I presented a visualization of the Wikileaks mirrors spread of December 8th.
While it is interesting to see the spread of a certain day, it is even more interesting to see how the spread is evolving over time. By keeping track of updates of the mirror page on Wikileaks, I was able to collect enough data for an animated version of the spread. My current dataset contains a 7 day period covering December 5th to December 12th.
As some of the commenters pointed out, the edges (curves) in the previous dataset didn’t always followed the shortest path. This was due to the (simple & stupid) algorithm I was using to draw the path between two points (basically just the mathematical shortest distance). In the latest dataset (download link is at the bottom) this is corrected. In particular this website: http://www.movable-type.co.uk was very useful for figuring out the the correct path.
* update 21-12-2010 11pm CET *
– Got featured on ReadWriteWeb, Thanks!
* update 23-12-2010 10pm CET *
– Embedded Google Earth web plugin in demo section
The result of plotting the spread in a line chart:
Top 10 locations
An overview of the spread based on country:
- Germany: 498
- United States: 394
- France: 194
- Netherlands: 152
- United Kingdom: 72
- Sweden: 67
- Canada: 49
- Spain: 47
- Switzerland: 36
- Russian Federation: 32
Screencast / Video
Short screencast (Watch it in HD 720p, in fullscreen mode)
To view this demo you will need to install the Google Earth Browser Plug-in
Note: You need to move the range marker all the way to the left to make the timeline work:
- Move the time slider all the way to the right
- Move the range marker (the small attachment on the left of the time slider) all the way to the left
- Now you can move the time slider as you want
If the online demo doesn’t work for you, you can also try it in Google Earth!
- Make sure you’ve installed Google Earth.
- Next download and unzip the file following file:
- Wikileaks Google Earth KML files (Animated) (1369)
- Open up the KMZ file.