A Periodic Table for London
Here is a webpage that uses my own CityDashboard API*, to build a Periodic-Table inspired “data artwork” of live London information, as a series of coloured square panels on a website. The squares update regularly with fresh information, and throb red (or blue) if there are particularly extreme values present.
As an artwork, it’s deliberately not 100% clear what it shows. A key on the bottom right will help a bit, but a degree of guesswork will be needed for some of the panels. With a bit of thought, almost all of the panels should be decipherable.
As the page is so simple, it displays well on mobile browsers – on my iPhone, the webpage shows four panels on each row. On larger displays, it will rearrange appropriately. See the acknowledgements link on the page to see where the data’s coming from – the same sources as CityDashboard, including TfL, DEFRA, Yahoo! Finance and Mappiness, as well as CASA’s own sensors.
I created the piece for the ODI’s recent Data as Art installation competition – I didn’t win, but decided to do it anyway.
*Strictly, I’m using my Bike Share Map data for the individual docking station information – this could be easily added to the CityDashboard API in due course.