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CNN.com and Stamen Design have launched "Home and Away" [cnn.com], an impressive interactive data visualization that allows users to learn about and pay tribute to more than 6,000 fallen troops from more than 20 countries. Evolving from 2 separate lists of casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq, Home and Away tells the story of where and how the lives of these troops began and ended. The website also allows for personal memories to be continually added by family and friends.

While tackling the many issues involved when dealing with an extremely sensitive dataset, this project attempts to exploit the power of data visualization to engage a wide audience and tell compelling and moving stories, here as an exceptional way to honor the sacrifice every single one of the deceased soldiers made.

Users can search for casualties across several different criteria, including last name, age hometown, location of death and date of death. More detail about the life of each casualty is featured on a personal memorial page, as well as memories from family and friends shared through iReport, CNN's user-generated news community.

More information is also available at Presslift.

Thnkx Erica!

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3 COMMENTS

Very strong project. Impressed me very much. Have you even seen this? www.theafghanconflict.de

Mon 31 May 2010 at 10:19 PM

Data analysis/presentation should be "unbias", where are the casualities of the 'other side'

Wed 02 Jun 2010 at 5:24 AM
Steve

These "statistics" (like all graphics of this sort), are meant to influence us and make us believe that "war kills more innocent than guilty", but if you take that stance, then you change nothing.

You neglected to provide a graphic of all the civilians killed in 911, it would have been a completely orange block. The fact is that if a government engages in terrorism, they can't use their civilian deaths (via minions like yourself) to ask for a "never mind, let's stop now".

Personally, I think an atomic bomb would do more damage, but would also solve the problem with less innocent deaths (our soldiers).

If "innocent" Iraquis don't want to die, well, they could move out and stop supporting governments that spouse terrorism.

You've flipped the problem slyly, the problem is not the number of innocent Iraquis killed, the problem is the terrorists and the number of American deaths it is taking to rid the world of this virus.

Tue 09 Nov 2010 at 1:09 AM
NM
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