Thursday, October 22, 2009

Data visualization from the World Bank

I know that not everyone is as big a fan of numbers as I am, but the World Bank has just released a new data visualization tool. I found out about this from the World Bank's private sector development blog, which covers developmental topics from a variety of sources. When you play with the data visualization tool, you can watch the numbers change over time and watch how trends change over time. For example, if you want to watch the change in the number of births attended by professionals versus life expectancy. You can see that as the number of attended births climbs, the life expectancy climbs as well. What follows is a screen capture of the chart on the left and a legend of the colors on the right.

This tool was developed and contains selected data from the World Development Indicators (free content), which is released annually. For those of you here on the CU-Boulder campus, you can see the complete data set (without the fun visualization tools) via the World Development Indicators database (campus access only).

Still want some more World Bank information? Check out the library's guide.

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