This is an investigation related to econimic geography visual analytics.

Labs and researchers

Funded projects


MIT senseable lab.

Urban imagination and social innovation through design & science. MIT senseable lab.

GeoVISTA Center

As diverse scientific and societal issues generate growing volumes of geospatial data, demand for technologies to facilitate effective use of these data also grows. Critical issues include: assessing terrorist threats, understanding health-environment interactions, planning for dramatic changes in regional demographics, and managing environmental risk.

The GeoVISTA Center is working to address the array of research challenges and opportunities posed in developing useful and usable technologies to take advantage of a wealth of geospatial data.

Beijing City Lab

The Beijing City Lab (BCL) is a research community, dedicated to (but not limited to) studying China’s capital Beijing. The Lab focuses on employing interdisciplinary methods to quantify urban dynamics, generating new insights for urban planning and governance, and ultimately producing the science of cities required for sustainable urban development. The lab’s current mix of planners, architects, geographers, economists, and policy analysts lends unique research strength.

City monitoring with big data


The Beihang Interest Group on Smart City (BIGSCity) is a research group in Beihang University. BIGSCity aims to study data-driven science and technologies of making cities more intelligence and comfortable. The research interests of BIGSCity include urban computing, spatio-temporal data mining, interpretable machine learning, and data visualization. BIGSCity has published more than 30 paper in prestigious conferences and journals in data mining, artificial intelligence and network communications. The technologies developed by BIGSCity have been applied in many real-world applications such as urban planning, intelligent transportation and health services. Tens of millions of populations living in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Wuxi, and Chengdu were benefited from these technologies.

300.000 Km/s (Firm)

300.000 Km/s is a professional firm of architects, urban planners and engineers that provides design, data analysis and consulting services for cities.

Department of Land Economy, Cambridge

A project named, From Big Data Sets to Collective Human Behavior Patterns and Urban Spatial Structure.

Oliver O’Brien

Oliver O’Brien, a Senior Research Associate at University College London (UCL), joining the university in 2008 and initially and currently based at the Department of Geography, in the Geospatial Analytics and Computing Research Group (GSAC) and forming part of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC). Prior to joining UCL I worked as a financial software developer in the City, and then studied an MSc in GIS at City University London in 2007.

Shipeng Sun, he is an assistant professor in the department of geography at Hunter College-CUNY. I teach geographic information science/geoinformatics related courses and also develop and apply spatial analysis and modeling techniques to explore our networked world.

A visualization of Nitrogen

Global Excess Nitrogen

PEI, Tao (裴韬)

裴韬, 任中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所研究员、博生生导师,资源与环境信息系统国家重点实验室副主任,国家杰出青年基金获得者(2015)。 长期从事时空数据挖掘、空间统计等方面的研究,已在国内外发表论文70余篇,其中SCI论文30余篇,合作出版专著3部。担任《地球信息科学》、《计算机科学与应用》等杂志编委。

Innovative visusalizations techniques

Bubble Sets

Bubble Sets: Revealing Set Relations with Isocontours over Existing Visualizations

Bubble sets

Line sets

Design Study of LineSets, a Novel Set Visualization Technique

Line sets

Visualization Applications

LIVE Singapore!

LIVE Singapore! provides people with access to a range of useful real-time information about their city by developing an open platform for the collection, elaboration and distribution of real-time data that reflect urban activity. Giving people visual and tangible access to real-time information about their city enables them to take their decisions more in sync with their environment, with what is actually happening around them.

Live Singapore

The LIVE Singapore! 2.0, DATACOLLIDER.

Airspaces Singapore: The primary aim of this initiative was to conduct an exposure study. Another objective was to demonstrate the collection, aggregation and storage of air quality and meteorological data from the network of moving sensors, using an appropriate architecture for this purpose. A third technical challenge was to demonstrate the display of data collected by the monitoring network on a web application in real-time.

Airspaces Singapore

Regional eXplorer

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. A visual application is made to explore the
population density in many regions.

Population density Severity

Innovative initiatives in Barcelona

Innovation occurs in education, civic organization and economy as the result of multiple social, financial and urban factors. This map explores innovative initiatives in Barcelona, where they are located, how they cluster in urban space and which sector of activity they belong to.

Economy in Barcelona


The Statistical Atlas is an interactive viewer for statistical and topographical maps. It contains all the maps from Eurostat’s regional yearbook, sorted by publication themes. map link


National Bureau of Statistics of China

The visualization of national statistics, which covers national plans, cival life, prices and etc.

National statistics

Statistics Bundesamt des Deutschland

Visual graphics (more maps are available)

The interactive Census Atlas of the statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder presents the 2011 Census results on the basis of a 1-kilometre grid.

Bevölkerung am 09.05.2011 pro km²

United States Census Bureau

Census Data Mapper

Census data

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.

Maps and charts updated weekly show the latest extent of the drought in the United States.

Drought Severity

Net lending/borrowing (% of GDP)

The IMF is working to foster global monetary cooperation. Th map provaids API. Map link

Net Lending/borrowing

Nike runners route

This project culminated with the author working with WIRED UK to do a full spread visualization, using a new dataset of 10,000 runs throughout London, for their October 2011 issue.

Joggers in London

Facebook Visualizing Friendships

Visualizing Friendships presented the locality of friendship. How geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends is the intereting point in this visualization.

Visualizing Friendships

A Map of Olympic Medals

A Map of Olympic Medals is a Cartogram. Circles are sized by the number of medals that countries won in summer Olympic Games. Use the slider to view past Olympics, or click on a country to display a list of its medal winners.

Olympic medals














Data source

China National Catalogue Service for Geographic informaiton

Yangtze River Delta Data Center


EU Open Data Portal

Das Datenportal für Deutschland

U.S. Government’s open data



Socioeconomic data and application center

Economic research | Federal reverve bank of St. Louis






OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data.

DataBank is an analysis and visualisation tool that contains collections of time series data on a variety of topics. You can create your own queries; generate tables, charts, and maps; and easily save, embed, and share them.

Time Series
This site provides a searchable database on international trade in merchandise and commercial services. The data are presented according to the product definitions and regional groupings specified in the technical notes.

NationMaster is a global team of passionate stat geeks, dedicated to the mission of bringing facts to the world of geopolitics, economics, geography, defence and culture.

International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

The world bank
At the World Bank, the Development Data Group coordinates statistical and data work and maintains a number of macro, financial and sector databases. Working closely with the Bank’s regions and Global Practices, the group is guided by professional standards in the collection, compilation and dissemination of data to ensure that all data users can have confidence in the quality and integrity of the data produced.

IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation makes it easy to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community context. Data and services available free of charge.

CPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations.