State Department Hierarchy Visualization
This the project page for my State Department Organizational Chart Visualization. You can see the visualization here.
One of the biggest challenges for visualizing trees of any size is that they tend to grow wide much more quickly than they grow deep.
The U.S. State Department makes for a great test subject. Each level of offices and administration has a number of sub-offices helping it perform its mission.
The JIT clearly wasn’t quite designed for this style of hierarchy chart, but it did an admirable job, especially considering that the use of excanvas to compensate for Internet Explorer’s lack of a <canvas> tag isn’t formally supported.
In the future I’m hoping to find a way around the right-click links getting blocked by pop-up blockers.
Overall I’m fairly happy with it for two nights’ work, although if I was more of a masochist with regards to excanvas I’d add zoom and pan controls a lá google maps.