A month ago ONS did an excellent job in hosting The Graphical Web 2014 conference in Winchester/UK under the theme “Visual Storytelling”. You should check the summary at the conference website and go from there.
It was a great event to meet people from a variety of backgrounds, e.g. academia, the media and of course NSIs (Statistics Norway, Statistics Austria to name just a few).
All presentations were taped and are currently released as they are processed. Let me take this opportunity to pitch my own presentation of the German Census Map
I guess we’ll be talking about this conference for a while and there are many presentations worth watching already posted. For example Alan Smith from the ONS shows us why learning to programm graphics is a worthwhile endeavour for statisticians who wouldn’t regard themselves as programmers.
His presentation discusses the practicalities of developing that capability in house as a key part of the corporate skills agenda. It borrows heavily from examples and lessons learned from the 7 year lifespan of the ONS Data Visualisation Centre.
Since 1850, the census has provided every 10 years important information on the structure of the population in Switzerland.
In 2010 a fundamental change took place: the census is conducted and evaluated on an annual basis in a new form by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). In order to ease the burden on the population, the information is primarily drawn from population registers and supplemented by sample surveys.
Only a small proportion of the population is now surveyed in writing or by telephone. The first reference day for the new census was 31 December 2010.
A short animation explains the fundamental change (inAdobe Flash, but also for swiping on the iPad):