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Graphical Data June 30, 2006

Posted by gordonwatts in computers, science.

Avoiding work, and scanning blogs, I stumbled on a talk by Hans Rosling at one of those navel gazing conferences, TED (the talk is in a number of video formats). His talk is about better data graphical data presentation. His particular interest is in various indicators of national well-being (he is a public health expert). But the way he animates data, and the amount of data he packs onto a single slide – in an understandable way – is incredible. He currently runs a non-profit that is trying to make many of the UN databases publically accessible: gapminder.org. Many of the data visualizations are available on that page: if you don’t have 20 minutes for the video play for a few seconds on their web page. For any data junkies this 20 minutes video is well worth the watch. Reminds me of Tufte.



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