‘Internationally acclaimed Swedish Professor Hans Rosling will present Don’t Panic – The Truth About Population, an ‘as-live’ studio event featuring cutting-edge infographics, as part of a short series of programmes exploring global population trends for BBC Two’s international current affairs strand This World.’
And while waiting enjoy Hans Rosling’s Joy of Stats.
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:
‘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…’
Explaining developments in the real world using statistical information and visual presentations developed in many ways since William Playfair‘s pioneer work. One of the most impressive and most popular techniques are time animated scatter plots. And here the Roslings (Hans, his son Ola and daughter-in-law Anna) created (in their Gapminder Foundation) the Trendalyzer Software.
‘ This software unveils the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics. The current version of Trendalyzer is available since March 2006 as Gapminder World, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries.’ (from: http://www.gapminder.org/about-gapminder/history/)
In March 2007 Google acquired Trendalyzer from the Gapminder Foundation. It’s now called Motion Chart and integrated into Google spreadsheet and Google public data.
This kind of visualisation is since used by others, too. Some examples:
NcomVA – a spin off of Linköping University in Sweden – introduces animated scatter plots in NcomVA’s eXplorer software, used i.e. by OECD.
See OECD’s Regional Statistics (Chapter Access to Education in Canada and US)
The World Bank offers Data Visualizer:
And from Egypt comes Epicsyst’s Trend Compass
And this is surely not the whole story about Trendalyzer and its offspring. Give us some more examples!
Official Google Blog: Visualize your own data in the Google Public Data Explorer
via Official Google Blog: Visualize your own data in the Google Public Data Explorer.
Stockholm University, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, is starting a new research project on Citizen-centric access to statistics. Project manager is Professor Bo Sundgren, former advisor to the Director General of Statistics Sweden.
The project will investigate the possibilities to define an easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible standard interface for communication of statistical data and metadata between the dissemination databases of statistics producers (statistical agencies) and citizen-centric applications, developed by entrepreneurs or by citizens themselves.
Read more at project blog and web site …..