Mapping Arms Datahttp://nisatapps.prio.org/armsglobe/index.php
Created by:Igarapé Institute Peace Research Institute Oslo
2013 - present
An interactive data visualization that tracks arms and ammunition flows in order to understand the global arms trade and inform public debate and policy interventions. MAD features over 35.000 records of the exports and imports of small arms, light weapons and ammunition from more than 262 states and territories between 1992 and 2014.
The project uses a 3D representation of the world use of WebGL technology, and other not very sober graphic resources such as electric arcs. This make explicit the gimmicky approach of the visualization that obviates the possibility of analysing the visualized information. For example, it is not possible to compare two countries in the world, and the curvature of the earth and the luminosity of the sun’s rays don’t allow us to see how one country compares with the others. Produced by Google, Igarapé Institute and the Peace Research Institute Oslo as part of the Google Ideas INFO (Illicit Networks Forces in Opposition) Summit.