Telling Stories with Data

Our Application


Combining multipe types of dataset that supported by Aroaro, we could tell a story among  multiple complicated, structure and unstructure datasets more effectively anywhere and anytime.

Below we will show you one example:

UNCLE FREDDY’S STORY – The story of Uncle Freddy is a true story and is used here to illustrate how, Aroaro’s mapping tool, can be used to tell a story. Based on datasets of people, places and events created from a almost unknown family history, Freddy’s war record and other sources a sketch of the life of this “unknown” warrior can be appreciated from many different view points.

Data Sets

Datasets of Uncle Freddy’s Story

We collect data from family and records events, date time, locations, places and images. The sample data can be downloaded from our ‘Download’ Page. We build visualisation from the datasets of Uncle Freddy. It tells us his life stories from 90s with rich media information. Please watch few videos we made below. 

Dataset 1

Before Uncle Feddy’s War

Events leading up to him leaving Aotearoa – New Zealand. It illustrates the simplicity with which a story such as this can be told from a dataset of people, organizations, places and events.


Recorded using Aroaro on HoloLens in a garden in Orakei


From Data to Story

This shows how the dataset to the left is mapped on to the map points to tell the story. The scene here is Le Quesnoy where he was killed in the last week of the war and where his great great granddaughter built the Peace Garden, Rangimarie, for the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, unaware at the time of Uncle Freddy’s Story.

Recorded using Aroaro on HoloLens in Orakei

Network View

A network view of the same data shows many interesting details such as people who, as yet, are not connected to any events. Naturally as this is a dataset representing Uncle Freddy’s Story he has the highest number of connections through events.

Recorded using Aroaro in VR (Windows Mixed Reality)


More of the same in a different setting (Kohimarama)

Imagine now taking this experience or others you have composed by creating a dataset of people, places and events, to the locations of meaning. For instance in this case to Le Quesnoy the site of Uncle Freddy’s death and his great great niece’s Garden of Peace, Rangimarie,  which commemorates the liberation by the New Zealand Division.

Recorded using Aroaro in VR (Windows Mixed Reality)