Connections globe

Uploaded by Flourish team 3 months ago (Updated 3 months ago)

A 3D globe for visualising flows between cities, countries or regions

Connections globe

This three-dimensional template is ideal for visualising flow data such as migration patterns, financial transfers or flights. Each row in the data is represented as an arc drawn between two locations, scaled according to the size of the flow.

Data requirements

To get started upload data to replace the example dataset in the Values spreadsheet. Your data must have columns for source location, destination location and value. To work out of the box, your source and destination columns should contain three-letter country codes (ISO Alpha-3). However, you can use any country/region codes as long as each code has a corresponding entry in the Locations sheet to specify its latitude, longitude and display name.

If no “Menu/slider” columns are specified, the visualisation will show all the rows in your data at once. To show subsets of rows in different views (e.g. years or categories or countries) choose one or more “Menu/slider” columns. Each one will create a menu with a view for each value in the column. Once created, you can configure your menus in the “Menu/slider” settings panels – for example to choose between buttons, dropdowns and sliders.

Tips

  • If your globe has no arrows, make sure the Source location and Destination locations in the main Values sheet each match with a code in the Locations sheet.
  • If you have multiple entries with the same source and destination, by default their values will be summed together, but you can change this (for example to use the max or average value) in the “Data & arrows” settings panel.
  • By default the arrows point to the capital cities for each country but you can change the coordinates by editing the latitude and longitude in the Locations sheet.
  • You can choose between a number of globe surfaces (“skins”) in the “Design” settings panel. You can also supply your own skin, e.g. by making a custom map in a graphic programme. If doing this, use a map with a Plate Carré (equirectangular) projection to ensure the countries are correctly positioned on the globe.
  • Advanced used can edit the CSS styles for the page in the “Page design” settings panel.
  • Try making a story to give a guided tour of your visualisation with beautiful cinematic animations.

Credits

This template was adapted from a bespoke project created by Kiln for Google Trends. All preloaded skins were created by Kiln, except for the satellite image, which comes from NASA Visible Earth.

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