Geografie 2019, 124, 217-235

Technological infrastructure supporting the story network principle of the Atlas of the Ageing Society

Adriana Zanda1, Jonas Lutz2, Alesya Heymann1, Susanne Bleisch1

1FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Institute of Geomatics, Basel, Switzerland
2FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Institute for Information Systems, Basel, Switzerland

Received November 2018
Accepted April 2019

Atlases have a long tradition of showing and linking information for the exploration of various mostly spatially related topics. The Atlas of the Ageing Society is an interactive platform illustrating age related data. It enables individuals to explore facts and information related to age and the ageing society. To support content representation as well as a diverse audience, we developed the “story network principle”, which embeds annotated visualizations into a network of information in order to allow storytelling with data. Enabling the exploration of such a multifaceted and highly interconnected data landscape, however, posed some technical challenges. This paper describes and discusses a back-end implementation that meets the requirements of the story network principle from a technical perspective. We detail and exemplify the design and implementation of the atlas infrastructure to enable others to benefit from our developments and approaches to the challenges. The story network principle is potentially applicable to a range of applications such as other atlases or digital portfolios.


This research was partly funded by the strategic initiative Ageing Society of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland as well as the national innovation network Age and Ageing in Society (AGE-NT) in Switzerland.


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