Data visualization is not about making pretty pictures out of millions and billions of bytes of data. It is not limited to visual graphs and charts to help analysts understand trends and answer business queries. Data Visualization is mainly about using data to present complex information in a lucid way. And this is exactly where Uber excelled when it made its data visualization software deck.gl open source.
Last month Uber unveiled an updated version of deck.4.0 (Deck.gl is a webGL –powered framework used for exploring and analyzing Uber Datasets). This latest version by Uber is capable of extracting both historically and in real time insights from large datasets and at the same time allowing analysts and decision makers to think in real time .
Deck.gl is an extremely powerful geospatial data analysis software which is capable of analysing layers of data and covering more use cases from across the mapping world.
“Personally, I’m a very big advocate for open source, so I think that open source can help the business in many other ways, and those ways are immediately more valuable than someone paying for this software,” Nicolas Garcia Belmonte, Head of Data Visualization, Uber. “I would say this is more about trying to reach out to developers and seeing what they can come up with in creative ways.” Uber’s goal for 4.0 is threefold:
“The main idea behind this library is that it’s a WebGL-powered framework that is designed for exploring and visualizing data assets at scale,” explains Belmonte. “There’s a lot of geospatial stuff that we do here, as well, as you can probably imagine from the core business, so we visualize a lot of data on maps.”
Away ahead of mere mapping
Data science experts at Uber are also using the software to visual models (machine learning) to get a more intuitive sense of how data can be crunched to reveal hidden facts. The team has also worked on decoupling the Mercator projection viewport from deck.gl so that a user can take in any type of viewport, including standard 3D perspective and orthographic viewports.