Geo-online explanatory data visualization tools as crisis management and communication instruments
Keywords: dashboards, COVID-19, crisis communication, crisis management, geo-spatial visualization
Abstract. Communication during emergency and crises times is a critical aspect. When available information contains a spatial dimension, maps and interactive localization features may help conveying strong messages to audiences that are otherwise difficult to reach. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the design and implementation of a great number of online tools to communicate data of the disease spread and its dynamics that are helpful to support informed decisions for both people in their everyday life and decision makers. Observing this phenomenon has inspired this conceptualization of the geo-Online Explanatory Data Visualization (geo-OEDV) tools, set in the context of available geospatial information, of statistical visualisation tools and of the solid tradition of Geographical Information Systems. Blending classical statistical tools, digital cartography, and the confluence of many elements into a single screen, has produced the currently most spread geo-OEDV instance, i.e., the geo-dashboard and geo-infographics. In particular this paper conceptualises geo-OEDV as a category of meta-cartography that blends online communication with cartographic representation and management principles.