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Mapping Arms Data – the trade in small arms and their ammunition, 1992-2011 (prio.no)
49 points by liquimoon 1396 days ago | hide | past | web | 16 comments | favorite



This was originally done by the Google Data Arts team.

info: http://www.google.com/ideas/projects/arms-visualization/ link to site: http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/armsglobe/ github: https://github.com/dataarts/armsglobe

Looks like it has been updated for 2011 data here as well as a new weapon type 'unclassified'

edit: almost forgot, here's a great writeup by Michael Chang on the project http://mflux.tumblr.com/post/28367579774/armstradeviz


What fascinates me most about these data is a single data point: Thailand.

The relationship between Thailand and Europe, and say .. Australia and Europe, over the last 2 decades, to my naive thinking, really shows details of clear product demand/response according to world incidents.

It'd be interesting to be able to overlay War/Conflict Data on top, body-count stats, and a few other relevant data of the world, to see how all this is tied to a market reality.

Perhaps we, the people, need to do our own data-mining.


Here is the BBC coverage of the tool: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23822086


Interesting to note that during the Obama years the US has dramatically increased it's import to export ratio.


Best gun salesman in all of US history.

We actually have hard data on this, thanks to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Instant_Criminal_Backg...), we're going on something like 30+ months where each month's sales are greater than the same month's a year previously. I can get details, or e.g. check out the NSSF's reporting on this (the real gun manufacturer's association).


I think that's as much a function of winding down the war in Iraq as anything. Great eye candy, but I would like to have had some more histograms to present the historical context more clearly.


It's due to the "He's gonna take my guns" attitude that has permeated the fanatical right wing of the US population. Gun and ammo sales has been a growth industry since 2009. Of course they're just laughing the whole way to the bank since no one is going to take their guns.


You deny "He tried to take our guns" after his last (re)election, when he had more "flexibility"? That major political figures like Dianne Feinstein (who also cares nothing about our privacy; strange, that) and Andrew Cuomo didn't call for gun confiscation? That ones like Cuomo and the Democrats in Colorado didn't get get new very nasty gun "control" bills passed (e.g. you can now only load 7 rounds in your magazine when using it for self-defense), where gun owners who bought various stuff prior to them were grandfathered?

The utter ruthlessness of Fast and Furious is also telling.

You're also ignoring what I think is the most fundamental thing: anyone who makes a habit of balancing their checkbook can predict that things are going to get ugly when we can no long have "trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see", and that we're clearly going to be on our own as that plays out?

How about HUD's Section 8 policy that among other things moves criminals out of the central cities into formerly peaceful areas, which is now slated for a big expansion?

Another thing, related to the above, a steadily graying population, etc., is that ever more states have shall issue concealed carry regimes. Since Obama was elected Iowa and Wisconsin have joined them, with Illinois (!) in a few months; that'll make 43 out of 50 states, way more than 2/3rds the population.

You're demonstrably wrong about "no one's going to take our guns" when it comes to slave states like New York and California that have confiscated them in recent memory, and in the latter's case is poised to do another round, but in general correct ... because in most of the US we won't tolerate it, one way or another. Keep pushing, though, if you want a second Civil War with the half or so of the nation that's "the fanatical right wing".


Almost every country is covered, very interesting data, You can follow up who is connected to what. And timetable provides very interesting picture how countries under imminent treat imports arms.


The json it loads is 4MB and takes about 2 minutes for me. The graph is kind of hard to make out with everything selected.


I also find the graphics to be a little bit difficult to read.

It is hard to tell where the lines lead, so I need to rotate the globe. Also for European nations, it is very messy because some of the countries are tiny and all trade with each other. There is also no way to see arms trade over time, which would have been quite useful since the data has a time-series.

Very pretty looking 3D graphic though.


It is hard to read and some delay when moving around for me also.

It is nice as a demonstration on how the web may look like in 3 years, but personally I prefer tables and graphs when viewing statistics. Has anyone seen a link to a “classic” view?


I wanted to recommend the option of disabling the country labels when zooming in, at least the labels of those countries that are not selected. But apparently the OP is not the original author of the tool.


Looks like it's done using D3.


Just for a few of the graphs, majority of the 'wow factor' is webgl/three.js


I did a ton of research once upon a time, and for pure charts and data, d3 seems amazing, given the time to learn it.




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