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GapMinder February 20, 2007

Posted by Andre Vellino in Data Mining, Visualization.
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Speaking of social science data, Richard Akerman pointed me to an interesting social data visualization tool. It comes from GapMinder (inspired by “Mind the Gap” announcements in the London Underground). Gapminder is a non-profit venture that develops and distributes free software for visualising human development data (population / CO2 emissions per capita / Internet access per 1000 people / infant mortality etc.) and plotting its change over time.

There’s quite an entertaining TED video-lecture by Hans Rosling, professor of international health and founder of GapMinder. Be prepared to reconsider a few misconceptions about “the third world” and to be impressed by how much a visualization tool can do for your understanding of social trends.

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