Continuing the theme of data presentation, I would like to mention another application that caught my attention and which may be of interest to readers of this blog - especially as it does not require any training in GIS. It is called DataAppeal and is a web-based visualization application that allows users to transform location- specific data, stored in tabular format, into 3D animated maps.
The company behind the application set a very ambitious goal - "to bring together concepts of art, design and spatial analytics to increase interest in sharing information and knowledge between users, for quicker and better decision making".
Users can upload numeric data with location reference and render it into a 3D map using Google Earth application. The users can choose from a number of design templates or customise display options to achieve the desired "look" that will enhance the message they want to convey. Basic features are available under free subscription option but heavy users can upgrade to a more advanced version of the product, if required. The URL link of the data-map can be posted and shared through various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or just email.
All in all, DataAppeal is simple to use and offers no-cost introduction to visualisation of corporate data on 3D maps.