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Free public access to BP energy data

September 15, 2014

Award-winning digital publisher to release 3D Energy Data Visualization Tool for 30-day free access

Adam Matthew are enabling free public access for one month to their innovative ‘Energy Data Visualisation Tool’, which uses the latest web-based information visualization techniques to represent a vast array of data on global energy use. Users will be able to access global energy reserves, production and consumption data and explore the huge growth in renewables between 1965 and 2012.

Available from 15th September – 15th October 2014 at, the tool utilises the latest Statistical Review of World Energy data from BP to allow users to identify major developments over the past 47 years.

The tool forms part of Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Culture, which traces the history of 15 major commodities that transformed the world over hundreds of years, combining manuscripts, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history.

Developed in collaboration with Axis Maps, the Energy Data Visualisation tool enables users to:

  • View global oil reserves, production and consumption.
  • Explore the huge growth in renewable energies such as Solar and Wind capacity.
  • See how despite a global attempt to reduce carbon pollution, Coal production is still growing dramatically.
  • Understand the impact of the booming emerging economies led by India and China
  • Witness dynamically how global energy consumption has increased c.350% since 1965

Users can filter the data available in a number of ways with results displayed on a line graph, bar chart, and animated 3D globe.

David Heyman, Managing Director at Axis Maps, commented on designing and developing the resource:

“Beyond the animated globe—which is novel and instantly engaging—our goal for this project was to give context to the data points that make up this map. When examining a country, a user can see where it is, how much energy it produced / consumed and when it changes.”

The tool will be available from 15th September – 15th October 2014 by visiting


Editors notes:

Adam Matthew is an award winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to 20th century history, literature and culture.

The Global Commodities Trade: Exploration and Cultural Exchange collection presents a wealth of materials on fifteen significant commodities that have transformed the world, documented through a rang of manuscript materials, maps, posters, paintings, rare books and more. It features 360 degree object rotation, thematic maps representing the development of world empires, illustrating major production areas and the global movement of the commoditites, and access to a powerful and extensive interactive chronology. Selectively sourced from a series of worldwide contributors by expert editorial staff, Global Commodities serves as an indispensable resource for the study and teaching of world history, constructing courses around and a multitude of further support to student research.

Axis Maps designs and builds award-winning custom maps and visualization tools for a diverse range of clients including Emirates Airlines, The New York Times, Harvard University, and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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