Gallery of Ebola Visualizations Found Across the Web

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This page is a collection of ebola outbreak visualizations found on the Web. All visualizations listed on this page are not based on outbreak_mapper. This gallery is broken down into three sections according to the level of interactivity of the visualization.

The single best example is the first one, which is from The New York Times. It would seem that the NYT's hiring of Mike "Mr. D3" Bostock is paying off handsomely.

Click on any image below to check out the visualization.

High interactivity D3 based visualizations

Viz based on D3.js are by nature highly interactive. By collecting multiple D3 implementations together the audience can quickly get a feel for how D3-base viz compare to other non-D3 interactive visualizations.

(Note: D3 is permissively licensed open source based on open Web standards technology: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SVG. Proprietary Flash is not involved.)

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson
The Economist
The WHO sit rep

Medium interactivity, non-D3 visualizations

Items in this section cluster towards the highly interactive end of the spectrum yet they are not based on D3. Rather slightly older JavaScript libraries, such as jQuery, are used with or without SVG.

Google Public Data
PBS Frontline
Simon Johnson

Low interactivity visualizations

These viz are essentially static. Static viz can be very good and they have their place. But there are tons of those available so there really is not a problem that needs to be addressed with new tools. outbreak_mapper is all about open sourcing highly interactive outbreak visualizations. These viz are collected here because they each have at least one interesting technique that is worth considering for inclusion in the various outbreak_mapper-based visualizations.

The Economist
National Geographic
Views of the World
The Economist
National Geographic


This collection is maintained in order to:

  1. Have a centralized place on the web which provides a quick survey of what other folks have created.
  2. Set the bar for what outbreak_mapper has to do better than.
  3. Provide a loose list of micro-features to potentially implement.
  4. Provide eye candy to this project.

Visualizations on the Web can be classified as interactive or static. With the Web the distinction is not quite binary, rather is it more of a spectrum; for example, is a zoomable map really “interactive”? In the classification used on this page, the answer is no.