epSpread – Storyboarding for visual analytics

Llyr ap Cenydd1, Rick Walker1, Serban Pop1, Helen C Miles1, Chris Hughes1, William Teahan1, Jonathan C Roberts1

1 Bangor University


We present epSpread, an analysis and storyboarding tool for geolocated microblogging data. Individual time points and ranges are analysed through queries, heatmaps, word clouds and streamgraphs. The underlying narrative is shown on a storyboard-style timeline for discussion, refinement and presentation. The tool was used to analyse data from the VAST Challenge 2011 Mini-Challenge 1, tracking the spread of an epidemic using microblogging data. In this article we describe how the tool was used to identify the origin and track the spread of the epidemic.


Llyr ap Cenydd, Rick Walker, Serban Pop, Helen C Miles, Chris Hughes, William Teahan, Jonathan C Roberts. “epSpread-Storyboarding for visual analytics,” IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), pp. 311-312, 2011.

[DOI: 10.1109/VAST.2011.6102489]