After our previous posts about TGV trains, gender equality in Europe, a week-end in Brussels and the state of Open Data in 2014, our team has decided to commemorate the centenary of WW1 with an illustrated dataset available on the Paris Region Open Data portal. These documents are a selection from the WW1 heritage funds. These pictures – either documentation or propaganda – relate the various aspects of the Great War behind the front : war effort, destructions inflicted to historical monuments, evacuation of art works and more generally, life behind the front.
Available on the Paris Region Open Data portal – obviously powered by OpenDataSoft – this dataset displays images on a map based on the places they were taken. For example, you will find military parades photographed from the Café de la Paix or administrative posters from the Henri Leblanc’s collection.
We chose two possible ways of exploring this dataset : through the interactive map and the image gallery.
Your favorite pictures displayed on an interactive map
After choosing our dataset, we clicked on the « Map » tab. The Paris Region map shows different kinds of markers : single points and clusters. As we previously mentioned, each marker gathers one or several pictures based on its original location. To illustrate this, we will focus on photographs picturing scenes taking place in the train station of la Villette, in East Paris.
By clicking on the marker, a tooltip appears on the map and displays information contained in the dataset. In this example, we will find a description of the document, a date, its type and an image preview. Thanks to OpenDataSoft user-friendly administration interface, the data producer selects in a few clicks the information that will be available. End-users will access all of this information simply by scrolling in the tooltip.
When several documents are labelled under the same place, it is possible to directly browse through the different records in the tooltip. These are native features of every OpenDataSoft platform. Maps are embeddable in any webpage within a few clicks.
If we now wish to focus on events that took place near the Café de la Paix, we will just have to move into the map and zoom in near the Opéra. Sharing and embedding links will automatically be updated according to what appears on our screen. In other words, what we see (on our map) is what we share. This obviously works if we wish to display an overall map or a specific area.
Embedded image gallery : discover Paris Region Open Data potential
This feature makes it easy to browse through the images associated to the dataset. When clicking on an image, a tooltip appears with all the useful information. Direct links to sources and image download buttons are also displayed. Of course, image galleries can be shared on social media or embedded in any webpage within a few clicks. Have a go, explore the above gallery!
No additional costs for these key features
Yes, you heard it right (and it’s not even Christmas yet!). These OpenDataSoft features allow you to share enriched maps and embed image galleries within seconds, and they are included in the platform standard package, meaning no specific development is required to use them. These visualizations will automatically be updated every time the dataset will be modified.
Next time, we will indulge ourselves with a Christmas dataset.
Until then, let your data speak for themselves with OpenDataSoft.