Video of Gulf of Mexico rigs

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While working on my latest Message to my Mother, I ran across this website which had done some wonderful graphic analysis of the number of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Using data from the government, he put together a video looking that the location, depth and time for currently active rigs in the Gulf. That is , rigs that are currently installed and have not been removed or abandoned.

And these are only the ones in American waters.

He was able to do this using publicly available data. A nice example of how an ‘amateur’ can create something of real beauty and usefulness. Open access to data makes this possible.

Human interactions with data produces information, whose transformation creates knowledge which permits an action to be taken.