Last week, Adam linked to Drew Conway’s great illustration of the Wikileaks data at Zero Intelligence Agents. Today Mike Dewar, Drew and their team came out with a new animated graphic representation of the data, showing the surges and falls of incidents over time, as a heat map.

Check out those summer months–it’s like a spreading rash, with the pulsating heart of Kabul always beating on.

I don’t know about anyone else, but for me graphics like this are essential for a true understanding of data. This reminds me a lot of the nuclear weapons test animation that was making the rounds last month–watching the rising numbers, or in the case of ZIA’s graphic, the expansion and contraction of incidents over twelve-month periods, offers a great deal of perspective on otherwise opaque datasets.