Living Globe: Tridimensional Interactive Visualization of World Demographic Data

  • Eduardo DuarteEmail author
  • Pedro Bordonhos
  • Paulo Dias
  • Beatriz Sousa Santos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9734)


This paper presents Living Globe, an application for visualization of demographic data supporting the temporal comparison of data from several countries represented on a 3D globe. Living Globe allows the visual exploration of the following demographic data: total population, population density and growth, crude birth and death rates, life expectancy, net migration and population percentage of different age groups. While offering unexperienced users a default mapping of these data variables into visual variables, Living Globe allows more advanced users to select the mapping, increasing its flexibility.

The main aspects of the Living Globe model and prototype are described as well as the evaluation results obtained using heuristic evaluation and usability testing. Some conclusions and ideas for future work are also presented.


Information visualization Demographic data 3D globe WebGL Globe Usability evaluation Heuristic evaluation 



The authors are grateful to Beatriz Quintino Ferreira, Bruno Andrade, Bruno Garcia, Isabel Nascimento, Luís Afonso, Luís Silva, Pedro Miguel, Rui Simões e João Pedrosa for their valuable contribution to the usability evaluation of the prototype. This work was partially funded by National Funds through FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, in the context of the projects UID/CEC/00127/2013 and Incentivo/EEI/UI0127/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Duarte
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pedro Bordonhos
    • 1
  • Paulo Dias
    • 1
    • 2
  • Beatriz Sousa Santos
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electronics Telecommunications and InformaticsUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Institute of Electronics and Informatics Engineering of Aveiro/IEETAAveiroPortugal

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