The distinction between a poster and an infographic is becoming increasingly difficult to draw! The judges took the view that:
- an infographic should stand alone and not require any extra supporting explanation, and
- the graphic should be easy to interact with, whether in a purely visual sense or in the true meaning of the word ‘interactive’.
The judges’ choice was an infographic based on the popular Google Earth software. It was created with student ambassadors who worked on the project World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings, as one of a number of visualisations of the impact of the War.
The project leader, Kate Lindsay, said:
Produced collaboratively by students, academic experts and developers, these interactive visualisations can be viewed using the Google Maps and Google Earth software. They use open data from sources such as Wikimedia, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Europeana 1914-1918, and The First World War Poetry Digital Archive, to address particular challenges in teaching the First World War: the global nature of the conflict and its impact beyond the Western Front.
Commonwealth Cemeteries of World War I enables learners to discover all of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials and burial plots across the globe using the Google Earth Viewer. In this way it brings home to them the way in which the War touched both their own localities and distant corners of the world.