APRIL 18-21, 2017
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Rescue Signatures in the Mediterranean

  • Jeremy Boy
  • Katherine Hoffmann
  • Amanda Zerbe
  • Felicia Vacarelu
  • Miguel Luengo-Oroz


This video shows how Automatic Identification System (AIS) data can reveal patterns of rescue operations of refugee and migrant boats in the Mediterranean sea. Vessel AIS is a maritime communications system that provides data about vessel identity, type, position, speed, etc. It allows ships to communicate with each other and shore stations; and marine authorities to monitor vessels. All images in this video were drawn by hand. Those based on data graphics were traced over charts and map projections generated with d3.js. The motivation for hand drawings was to move away from the rather impersonal and cold vector renderings that information visualizations often assume. We believe this approach is more appropriate seeing the human nature of the crisis addressed.