Professor Todd Landman and Paul Mackman
Professor Todd Landman and Paul Mackman

One of the most comprehensive pictures of human rights across the world is now available online. The Human Rights Atlas, created by the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) at the University of Essex, brings together more than 200 different measures of life in 220 different countries across the world.

Using published data from the World Bank, the United Nations, academics, non-governmental organisations and the other bodies, the atlas gives a picture of the lives and rights of human beings over a 30-year period.

Our objective was to create a visually pleasing, interactive interface for the dissemination of global human rights data. It was key that the site allowed users to manipulate the data easily and in a number of ways. The project gave the team the opportunity to stretch themselves in a way they don’t often get to with other websites. It had the requirement for strong skills in the areas of design, web technologies, programming and in understanding and presenting research data.

James Royce was the project manager and client interface for the Human Rights Atlas. He designed the architecture and data integration solutions and managed the team delivering the project. Bruce Burgoyne was responsible for leading and overseeing the visual elements of the map. He also led the development of the branding and ensured it was applied in a consistent way across the project. Luke Roberts was the developer on this project. He worked closely with James supporting the back office systems. Emil Pitts worked alongside James and Bruce to realise their vision. He supported Bruce in the drawing of the map, which was one of the biggest challenges.

James Royce, said “We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved. Firstly, we achieved all of our objectives. The Human Rights Atlas is a unique data visualisation solution and are delighted with how well it has been received.”

Dr Todd Landman from the IDCR said “Mackman supplied the precise technical and visual solution that was required for us to achieve our aims and objectives. We have established a close working relationship that has now developed into a strong partnership.”

For more information on the Human Rights Atlas, visit the interactive Map.

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