The application of powerful visualisation tools is a key prerequisite for any visual analysis. Hierarchical edge bundling, collapsible trees, rotating clusters, multi-area charts and dynamic geo-mapping are all visualisation tools that extract the most relevant insights from multiple data sets and present accurate results for highly complex queries in the most simple way. Some visualisation samples are provided below; in case you are interested in seeing more, please contact us for an online presentation or a test access account for a live experience.
Boko Haram: Key Areas of Operation
Any information regarding a specific location is automatically geo-referenced and visualised in manifold ways, e.g. in heatmaps, position icons, various layers, etc. In addition, users are able to select regions of interest and upload their own GIS data and integrate this information into the map. The shown heatmap, for example, presents a first overview of Boko Haram’s key areas of operation in October/November 2015. The higher the intensity of the heat spot, the higher the level of violence.
Boko Haram: Target Policy and Areas of Operation
Polar Charts are an easily comprehensible way of displaying differences between multiple entities related to your search query. In this case, it merges Boko Haram’s key areas of operation with information on target policy, events and affiliated militant groups. In the weeks prior to this search query, Boko Haram conducted attacks in Borno State and its capital Maiduguri; automatically, the system integrates the latest events that show Boko Haram’s military offensive against Cameroon, as well as earlier attacks in neighbouring Chad.
The militant group mostly targets government and security installations, but attacks have also been directed against the local population. The platform visualises developments regarding Boko Haram in comparison with other significant militant groups, such as Islamic State.
Using this mechanism enriches your analysis work tremendously by showing additional entities of importance that might not have been in your focus.
Comparative Event Analysis: al-Shabaab, Islamic State, Boko Haram and Abu Sayyaf Group
The temporal allocation of events is crucial for any assessment or comparative analysis. Timelines enable users to compare significant developments of different groups, targets, modi operandi, etc.. The displayed chart, for example, juxtaposes events from September to November 2015, including activities of various militant organisations. The spikes clearly indicate operations of militant groups and/or attacks against high-value targets, e.g. the al-Shabaab attack against a hotel in Mogadishu and the Paris attacks in November.
Radial charts efficiently visualise linkages between locations, people, entities and categories, based on reliable information extracted from high volumes of documents. Easy to use and a very fast way of interactively visualising interconnections between different key topics. By crawling and analysing the latest data, the system recognises, for example, new developments in the financial crime sector linked to Malaysia and Cebu City, the Philippines.