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 IU Trident Indiana University

Cook Medical Data On a Sphere

Project Lead: David Reagan, Advanced Visualization Lab, Research Technologies, Indiana University

The Advanced Visualization Lab worked with Cook Medical to visualize shipping data using the Cyberinfrastructure Building’s Science On a Sphere installation. 

The Science On a Sphere display allowed AVL staff to display Cook’s global shipping data in their natural state – on a globe. These visualizations were highlighted during a recent meeting of the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. The AVL established a workflow for creating global maps that will scale to support greater volumes of data from Cook, as well as similar datasets from other sources.

Based in Bloomington, Indiana, Cook Medical is a global company specializing in the development of healthcare devices. AVL staff created two types of visualizations of Cook shipping data for use on the Science On a Sphere display, a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere. The first visualization is a network graph where, for each order, an arc is drawn from the source of the order to the shipping destination. These arcs are colored according to the type of product ordered. The second visualization shows a choropleth map, where each country is shaded according to its number of products received. 

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Biomedical Engineering (103) - Biomedical/Medical Engineering

Secondary Field: Computer Science (401) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications