Thursday, August 9, 2012

//EDU SPCL: Interactive Arms Globe Project Allows You To Follow The Path Of Weapons

On our never-ending quest to supply you with the tools to become a Villain, we've come across this cool visualisation at Chrome Experiments. The idea is that if you click on a country, you get to see it's amount of arms imports, exports and to and from what countries (in U.S. dollars). The orange lines represents exports while the blue represent imports. Also, the heavier the rate, the more light that travel along a specific line of weapons trade. The white colored countries represent what country you're examining and the grey countries represent that countries that are trading with it.

While the timeline only stretches from 1992 to 2010 (which is the year the world ended, apparently) it is still a trip to to dive into all that data and utilise this page's beautifully simple range of interactivity. For example, you can see the percentage change by clicking on the chart symbol right next to the timeline.  Also, you can filter through the three types of arms (Civilian, Military and Ammo).

The amount of things you'll learn from this will probably surprise you and most probably give you an idea of what sort of Villainy goes on where. For example, I was surprised to find out that Brazil is a huge exporter of arms (the fourth largest in the world)- which particularly helped me understand this particular situation where nobody could 'understand' how Bahraini Riot-Police  got a hold of Brazilian-made intensely-chemicalised tear gas. But thanks to the ArmsGlobe I was able to follow a line of around $24 million worth of arms exported to Germany who in turn sent $200,000 worth of arms to Bahrain. 

You find anything interesting?

Arms Globe Here