The arms trade is, next to the energy industry, the largest industry in the world with estimated yearly expenses of $1.7 trillion dollars.
Problem is, given the ammount of data circulating around the global weapon trade it used to be extremely difficult to visualize what the arms industry really represent: this was true until Google poked its nose into the trillion dollar business with the Google’s Arms Trade Globe and secured around 1 millions individual data (250 nation states) from the Peace and Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
I recorded in the video above an overview the Google’s Arms Trade Globe in action, representing the flows of small arms and ammunition around the world from 1992 to 2010.
This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with modern tools and technologies like GIS and webmapping.
Click on the link below to access the Google’s Arms Trade Globe and visualize the global arms trade industry for yourself:
Please note: to enjoy this application we recommend you use Google Chrome of Firefox
P.S. Join the discussion in the comments below: What do you think of Google’s effort with the Arms Trade Globe? Do you think it’s a publicity stunt or is there real value in the data we can gather from this application?