For my final ICM Project, I created a visualization of my location data in NYC per each season of the year.
View Code Here: https://github.com/morganbm123/ICM-Final-Project
(Note) I am not including the data file in any of the web hosted repositories for security reasons.
Data Sources: Personal Google Timeline Data Export
All of the data used in this project was google location data that is unique to me. Through downloading the JSON file and searching around online I was able to figure out the basic structure of the file and see some interesting things people had done with their own data. Using my own data provided an interesting perspective on the overall project and how personal the project would be to me.
Originally, my project proposals were very broad conceptually and had not been refined to a point in which I felt would make an appealing project. The more I thought about the project the more time I realized I was wasting. This spurred the idea to just begin mapping the data and see how far I would be able to get from there. Doing this I quickly realized that working with such a large json file was going to be a large challenge.
Some interesting things can be noticed about the data. Each of which makes sense in context. Some of the main things are that most of my main travel outside of NYC is during the warm months. You can also see heavy congregations around certain areas of the city, these are places that I recognize as my apartment, former office, or ex-girlfriends’s apartment to name a few.
This project became heavily limited by my inability to do a few key features with the data file. Most importantly being able to refresh the file so that it could potentially animate any data or involve a zoom/pan function within the map. Even without those features I think that there is still an interesting narrative to be seen for people looking at the data. Even if they don’t have the same intimate knowledge of the data that I do they can still put together pieces of it and come to their own conclusions.
Moving forward with the project:
For future additions to the project I would like to add multi level interactivity that has to do with both location, mode of transportation decided by google and the carbon emissions emitted by each mode of transportation taken.