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Weekly Report - Week ending 27 May

28

May

2011

Had a play around with the google maps api. I need to visualise exports from a given country (starting with NZ) to all other countries for a group project. I turned a list of countries in to longitudes and latitudes using the google geolocation api. Was rather easy - just loop through all of the countries and make an api request in a rate limited way. Then, using export data from stats New Zealand, I drew weighted lines from NZ to all other countries. The resulting shape kind of looks like a butterfly.

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This is only the first iteration. The next step is to draw paths through the ocean that split off into countries. Similar idea to Minard's famous French wine exports drawing:

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I also made a start on my 520 interim report, polished off two assignments and made a couple improvements to my network map.