NASA WEBWORLDWIND: MULTIDIMENSIONAL VIRTUAL GLOBE FOR GEO BIG DATA VISUALIZATION
- 1Politecnico di Milano, DICA, Laboratorio di Geomatica, Como Campus, via Valleggio 11, 22100 Como, Italy
- 2NASA Ames Research Center, M/S 244-14, Moffett Field, CA USA
Keywords: Virtual Globe, Data Visualization, Big geo-data, Web GIS, Multi-dimensional data, Social Media
Abstract. In this paper, we presented a web application created using the NASA WebWorldWind framework. The application is capable of visualizing n-dimensional data using a Voxel model. In this case study, we handled social media data and Call Detailed Records (CDR) of telecommunication networks. These were retrieved from the "BigData Challenge 2015" of Telecom Italia. We focused on the visualization process for a suitable way to show this geo-data in a 3D environment, incorporating more than three dimensions. This engenders an interactive way to browse the data in their real context and understand them quickly. Users will be able to handle several varieties of data, import their dataset using a particular data structure, and then mash them up in the WebWorldWind virtual globe. A broad range of public use this tool for diverse purposes is possible, without much experience in the field, thanks to the intuitive user-interface of this web app.