Hans Rosling is an early fighter for open data and one of the best, no: the best in presenting insights from these data.
His last example comes from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) in Doha, Qatar (April 16-20, 2012) and demonstrates that ‘religion has very little to do with the number of babies per woman’.
Some more examples of what has been done with open data are given by publicdata.eu
With an overview of Apps:
Some of these won prizes in the http://opendatachallenge.org/
And now a new competition sponsored by The Guardian and Google is under way,
‘The Guardian Datastore and Google have teamed up to see who can help visualise the data which will show which governments are adopting the economic policies that will facilitate job growth and innovation to lead the world out of the economic slump.’
They are giving hints to datasets, called ‘the world’s key economic datasets from the UN, World Trade Organisation, IMF and some of the world’s major economic experts…’