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Visualizing transport/supply-chains in the Baltic Sea Region

Wirtschaftsförderung Luebeck
Prof. Dr. Joachim P. Hasebrook, Ulrich Schmidts, Wendy Ann Mansilla, Bashar Al Takrouri, Michal Janiszewski
11/2005 - 6/2006
Interaction Design, Business Visualization

The ISNM International School of New Media has been commissioned by the Business Development Group Luebeck to research methodologies to build a system able to visualize goods flows in the Baltic Sea Region on different levels: countries, regions, cities and down to single companies. We have been able to proof the feasibility of such a system and have built a prototype to demonstrate the research results. The system uses as input a database of companies and their products from external media or online sources. Based on a selection of product types, a web mining module collects and semantically analyses online data and builds a database of relations between companies, based on an exchange of goods. A second module collects publicly available cargo tracking data from port authorities and organisations and builds a database of transport chains. A visualization module combines the business relations, goods flows and geographic positions into maps. These maps can be used to investigate relations between companies in different regions and the actual routes of goods, revealing for example gaps in the logistic coverage of certain ports, thus providing support for decisions on their future development. The research has been realized at the ISNM by an interdisciplinary team of developers, computer scientists, graphic and computational designers, a combination that led to a methodologically strong, conceptually novel and visually rich solution.

This project was sponsored by the Luebeck Business Development Group Wirtschaftsförderung Lübeck.

More information can be found at:

  • Joachim P. Hasebrook, Michal Janiszewski, Wendy Ann Mansilla, Uli Schmidts and Bashar Al Takrouri
    PortNet Navigator: Internet-Based Visual Planning Tool for Maritime Logisitics
    The 3rd International Symposium on Management, Engineering and Informatics: MEI 2007,
    In the Context of The 11th Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2007
    Orlando, Florida, USA, July 8-11, 2007.