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Visualizing statistics so that people pay attention! by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
February 13, 2007, 5:04 pm
Filed under: If you have 30 mins, Web sites

If you only watch one thing this week make it this video of Hans Rosling at the Technology Entertainment Design conference in California. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Rosling debunks a few myths about the “developing” world. A fun, compelling, and inspiring 20 minutes with a guy who really knows how to make numbers tell a story. You’ll laugh out loud and learn something, or your money back!

What’s more, all the tools shown there are available on the website of GapMinder.org (see or entry on that here. Check out their website, and I promise that you will be sucked into exploring child survival and other public health numbers by the fascinating visualization tools they have available.Download the video here.

Hans Rosling is professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. His research has focused on links between economic development, agriculture, poverty and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been health adviser to WHO, UNICEF and several aid agencies. In 1993 he co-founded Médecines sans Frontiers in Sweden co-founded the Gapminder Foundation which develops software that converts international statistics into moving, interactive and enjoyable graphics. The aim is to promote a fact based world view through increase use and understanding of freely accessible public statistics. His lectures using Gapminder graphics to visualise world development have won awards by being “humorous, yet deadly serious.” The interactive animations are freely available from the Foundation’s website.

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