Skip to Content

Effective presentation of indicator data

For anyone interested in the effective presentation of indicator data, I recommend that you check out the site of Hans Rosling, a Swedish professor who runs a non-profit called Gapminder ( that specializes in using public data to expose global inequalities. His website is loaded with interacive flash applications that illustrate a wide range of human development issues.

Making good use of data is hard to do. It takes great creativity and skill to put data into graphical formats that non-experts can readily understand. Prof Rosling is well ahead of the curve on this.

I think that there is a lesson here for indicator report developers. Let’s open up indicator databases and make them searchable and “mashable” so that more people can participate in creating Web-based applications that demonstrate how the world is changing around us. The pay-offs measured in terms of knowledge-creation and advocacy could be enormous.