Visualizing the Wikileaks Afghanistan Casualty Data

on July 27, 2010

There is nothing more powerful than good data and strong storytellers. This week, after the Guardian Datablog released a complete list of casualties in Afghanistan, three separate Tableau Public authors created interactive visualizations of the data on their own. Here are their stories, in their words.

Neil Houston visualizes fatalities

I’ve produced a visualisation, showing which ... engagements involved a friendly/civilian/enemy being killed in action [KIA]. These make up a smaller proportion of the data than one first might expect, but are still significant [other incidents may involve arrests, IED detection, engagements that didn't result in a KIA]. This is a map of Afghanistan, showing the regions the incidents occured (by colour), the size of the mark denotes the scale of the KIA count, whilst the shape of the mark shows who the attack was on.

See his full post here

Andy Kirk examines total casualties by month

I’ve started playing about with some of this data in Tableau Public – initially the summary of casualty data – to see if I can find some interesting visualisations and also to test out the data/software in this environment.

See his full post here

Andy Cotgreave looks into IED incidents

Andy did not have much to say about this, but it shows the effect of every IED incident in the Afghanistan conflict. Start your analysis by selecting a month in the first view.

See his full post here