It is no secret that I am very interested in data visualisation, and yet I have never mentioned the work of Hans Rosling here on the blog. It is an omission I should finally correct, not least to acknowledge those readers who regularly email me links to Rosling’s videos.
Rosling is a doctor with a particular interest in global health and welfare trends. In an effort to broaden awareness of these trends, he founded the non-profit organisation Gapminder, which is described as:
a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
Gapminder provides a rich repository of statistics from a wide range of sources and it was at Gapminder that Rosling’s famous animated bubble charting tool Trendalyzer was developed. I first saw Trendalyzer in action a number of years ago in a presentation Rosling gave at a TED conference. Rosling continued to update his presentation and there are now seven TED videos available. But, the video that Mule readers most often send me is the one below, taken from the BBC documentary “The Joy of Stats”.
If the four minutes of video here have whetted your appetite, the entire hour-long documentary is available on the Gapminder website. You can also take a closer look at Trendalyzer in action at Gapminder World.