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Center for International Development’s ‘Globe’ generates innovative 3-D visualizations of world trade

first_imgData visualization researchers at Harvard’s Center for International Development (CID) have unveiled The Globe of Economic Complexity – an interactive tool which colorfully captures $15 trillion in world trade data in cutting-edge 3-D visualizations. Powered by the UN’s international trade data, the Globe uses “confetti” or dot-based representation to generate dynamic maps, stacked graphs and network diagrams. The Globe is a spin-off of The Atlas online, an interactive tool that takes users on a granular journey by not only visualizing trade, but by tracking changes over time and by helping users identify growth opportunities.“The Globe allows users to see which parts of the world are still exporting agricultural commodities versus those that have moved onto machinery and more complex products, all in spectacular animation,” said Marcela Escobari, executive director of CID. “Innovations in visualizations like this one help us disseminate our research on how countries grow in an ever more accessible and powerful way.”By navigating the Globe’s Geo Maps, users can jump into any country to view its range and volume of exports. The Globe also generates new points of view on the Product Space – a network of product similarities which details nearly 800 products into 15 color-coded industries – by vertically stacking products in 2-D representation or by using a novel 3-D layout.last_img read more

Tata JLR crosses 500,000 vehicles mark

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, May 31 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) broke the half a million mark for the first time in its history as per its latest vehicle sales results released this week.The company said in its full-year results for the 2015-16 fiscal year released yesterday that its vehicle retail sales had risen 13 per cent to 521,571.”Jaguar Land Rover has produced and sold more cars than at any time in our history. We are now the largest automotive manufacturer in the UK and our vehicles have received more than 140 awards across the range for design, technology, safety and environmental sustainability,” said JLR CEO Dr Ralf Speth.”During this fiscal year, we have delivered sustainable, profitable growth and introduced new models – such as the Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE and XF ? that have redefined their market segments. Furthermore, we are on track to deliver even more sensational products that will underpin the future performance of the business,” he noted.The combination of an increased demand for new models, solid growth in markets including Europe, North America and the UK helped support full-year financial revenues of 22.2 billion pounds, up 342 million pounds on the previous 12-month period, the report said.”Profit before tax was 1.56 billion pounds after an exceptional charge for the Tianjin Port explosion of 157 million pounds (net of insurance and other expected recoveries to date) with strong free cash flow of 791 million pounds after total investment spending of 3.14 billion pounds.”Profit before tax was down from 2.6 billion pounds last year, primarily reflecting market conditions during the first half of the year – especially in China, model mix and continued investment,” JLR said in a statement.advertisementJLR also unveiled plans to invest in the region of 3.75 billion pounds during the 2016-17 fiscal to support continued, sustainable, profitable growth in the future.This will include the expansion of global production capacity, new technologies and new vehicles, such as the Jaguar F-PACE and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible that will unleash the potential of both brands in the future. PTI AK ZHlast_img read more