Friday, July 29, 2011

The new way to visualize data in Google Earth

As we've seen over the years, Google Earth is an amazing tool for data visualization. We've shown you tools for visualizing census data, CO2 emissions and a variety of other items.

DataAppeal is a new data visualization company that is doing some neat stuff. They allow you to upload XLS files, which are then converted into 3D models and/or animations. The resulting models are quite well-done, as seen here:


Because they're a young company and are still building our their product, it's entirely free to use right now. That will likely change in the future, but hopefully they'll continue to provide a free option.

Their tool is already being used in mainstream publications in the Globe and Mail a few months back.

Nadia and her team have put together a solid tool, and it'll be fun to see how it develops in the coming years. If you build any interesting items with this system, leave a comment below and show it off to everyone.

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