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From Beautiful Maps to Actionable Insights

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eng.uber.com

 

Data Visualization at Uber

  • At Uber, / we leverage data visualization / to better understand / how our cities move.
  • most importantly, / derive insights / from rich location data.
  • To make it easier / for users / with a variety of experience and skill levels / to create meaningful data visualizations, / we are proud to announce the launch of kepler.gl, / our open source analytics tool.

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Figure 1: The common process of creating a data visualization includes data collection, data processing, visual exploration, and then layering.

 

What is kepler.gl?

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Figure 2: kepler.gl is a data agnostic, high-performance web-based application for large-scale geospatial visualizations.

 

  • kepler.gl is a data-agnostic, / high-performance web-based application / for visual exploration / of large-scale geolocation datasets.
  • kepler.gl helps users quickly validate ideas / and glean insights / from these visualizations.

 

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Figure 4: The kepler.gl UX flow is composed of five layers, including the hexagon, arc, and point.

 

  • All layer geometry calculations are GPU-accelerated, / enabling us to smoothly render millions of points / and making kepler.gl a much more powerful web tool / than traditional cartography software.
  • Not only does kepler.gl let users quickly explore data, / but it also empowers them / to create beautiful maps.

 

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Figure 7: kepler.gl enables you playback time series’ to visualize spatio-temporal data.

 

Moving forward

  • By open sourcing kepler.gl, / users of different experience and technical skill levels now have access to free software / that helps them build and customize impactful, data-driven maps.
  • More importantly, giving back the software enables us to foster a developer community / that can support kepler.gl’s future development.
  • Data scientists, architects, visualization specialists, and engineers from companies have found tremendous value / in kepler.gl’s simplicity, capabilities, and speed.

 

Words

  • derive insights 洞察を得る
  • data-agnostic データに依存しない
  • glean insights 洞察を得る

 

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