2 responses to “aWordlet GeoPie

  1. On Jul 1, 2009, at 8:42 AM, Tim Syth wrote:

    The the visualizations are not clear to me. Part of the problem has to do with my own ignorance about satellite orbits, but I am guessing many people have satellite ignorance. I did some researching and got some answers, but I still don’t completely understand the variables, and I am quite lost in relating them to each other and finding meaning in those relations.

    From the description, it seems there is a political point to be made about who is controlling which satellites in which locations. Also, there is a mention as to the “prime” locations being taken early by the USA and USSR early. Is good location a function of the controlled %, a function of specific location, or both? I suspect it is both.

    A brief technical description as to what the variables mean, an overview of good and bad orbits, and very importantly, a clear context of the issue along with references (links, if possible) would be helpful. In general, the description and visualization need to make the actors, issues, and relationships clear.

    Graphically speaking, perhaps create a secondary visualization with fewer variables as a tool to understand the larger complexity of the entire situation. Also, maybe a chart showing which countries/corporations control which % of the inclination space would be helpful. Is there any way to get this information plotted around a globe?



  2. Agree completely, and the feedback is appreciated precisely cause it takes me out of the biased POV of the person injecting the data. Is clear we need more columns, we lack a fundamental one, i.e the footprint coverage of each satellite so we can tell which areas are overexposed to mainstream media and who is there beaming. Lisa Parks (Cultures in Orbit) says that this way the spanish keep a foot on what were their colonies, having grown in the 80’es in Medellin I can tell that was not the case.. simple thing at least at that point and time.

    So yes, we lack more info to feed in, but i have to say im not a lover of statistical methods and prefer to have a visualization that at some point represents the same caos and mess we have made of the first layers of the “outer space”.

    I will try to find new data and feed in new columns for our viewing pleasure.