European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
EFSA is the agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain.
Design and development of an interactive data visualisation product
To accompany the annual publication of the European Union Report on pesticide residues, Hypertech designed and developed an interactive data visualisation product that supported the annual report by depicting its results in an appealing and user-friendly manner, to supply users with multiple angles of exploring the output of scientific research.
To begin with, our company liaised with the scientific team responsible for writing and publishing the report as well as the different stakeholders involved in the development of the product, to catalogue the needs associated with the online publication and gain a better understanding of the dataset and the domain it covers.
Our team was able to explore the underlying dataset using Python Jupyter Notebooks and formulate visualisation proposals that highlight the relationship of different variables, taking into consideration the intricacies of the domain and the sensitivity of information (regional and national data availability, existing legal and regulatory frameworks, etc.).
As a result, a cohesive information architecture and design proposal was presented and endorsed by the direct beneficiary and Member States' stakeholder groups, which allows users with different domain knowledge, interests, and goals regarding the publication itself (media, citizens, EU staff, Member State officials, etc.) to make the most of the available information.
At the same time, Hypertech aimed to offer a maintainable solution for EFSA; that is, the product’s dataset should be able to be updated annually without hampering the performance and visual output of charts, plots, and various UI elements and the overall user experience offered in the initial product. To achieve the above-mentioned goal, the technical stack used for the development was:
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