In 1854, data visualization was used as a persuasion technique to convince city officials in London that cholera was due to contaminated water and not bad air, as was commonly thought. Over 160 years later, BI is becoming a powerful tool for infectious disease surveillance. Review the following websites and then answer the discussion question that follows.
- Visit the website https://www.evl.uic.edu/kreda/vis/snowcholera/ and learn about how data visualization in 1854 was used to convince London officials that the cause of cholera was in the water supply.
- Visit the website http://healthmap.org and learn how data visualization and data mining are being used to track and predict infectious disease outbreaks today.
Write a brief summary of how Dr. Snow created his famous map. What did he research? How did data visualization help convince the London officials that the cause of cholera was in the water supply?
What 3 things did you find most interesting about the Health Map? Why?
Looking into the future, what might be a breakthrough in preventative health that might come about because of the use of Business Intelligence, such as data visualization?