TV-documentary on Hans Rosling now with subtitles

In the next 30 days you can see the Swedish TV-documentary: Rosling’s World: The best statistics you’ve ever seen, with English subtitles, on the webpage of the Swedish Television. The documentary will be aired again on Swedish Television (SVT24) on Tuesday 18 August, 20.00 in Sweden (19.00 CET) and in conjunction with that the video will be posted on SVT’s site for 30 days, this time also with English subtitles.

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New Google feature: “public data search”

Google has just launched a new search feature that makes it possible to search and compare public data in an interactive graph. In this first version, data for unemployment, for all US states and districts, are available and the results are very interesting:
Click this link to see and investigate US unemployment rate

Also read Google’s official announcement:
Google Blog: Adding search power to public data

Hans Rosling documentary on Swedish Television

“Roslings värld”, a new television documentary about Hans Rosling produced by the Swedish Television (SVT), will soon air in Sweden. In this portait by the Swedish journalist Pär Fjällström the viewers get to follow Hans Rosling during a few weeks in the end of 2008.

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Two new videos with Hans Rosling

200 years that changed the world

– 200 years of history in 4.5 minutes.

Viewer responses to the video:

“Thanks for posting another thoroughly thought provoking video.”
“This is brilliant, compelling and amazingly well visualized.”

Shanghai, New York, Mumbai

– Is Shanghai healthier than New York? And how do Washington D.C. and Mumbai rank?

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Learn to use Gapminder in the classroom (in Swedish)

Are you a teacher? Do you live in Sweden? We now offer a course on how to use Gapminder materials in the classroom. The course will be in Swedish, takes place in Stockholm on 15-16 of June and the prize is 2800 SEK + sales tax. If more than one teacher come from the same school, we give a 15% discount on the prize.

If you are a teacher who don’t speak Swedish, or for other reasons cannot participate, we are still interested to hear your suggestions for how we can improve the online resources for teachers on the website. You can contact Klara Johansson if you have some valuable suggestions.

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Hans Rosling debunks myths in new lecture-series

<br />Can the population growth be stopped? Is Brazil, Egypt and Bangladesh now improving faster than Sweden ever did? And can everyone live on the same level as the rich countries?

In a new lecture series, filmed in a studio at the Swedish Television, Hans Rosling answer yes to all questions above.

The lecture has been divided into three videos that you can find in the video-section.

Part 1 – What stops population Growth?
Part 2 – Poor beat rich in MDG race
Part 3 – Yes they can!

Resources for teachers

We are planning to develop resources and manuals to make it easier for teachers to use gapminder in their teaching.

We already have found a couple of resources on the net (see links below).

We welcome any feedback, suggestions or comments from teachers who wants to use, or are already using, the resources of gapminder in their teaching. You can post a comment on this blog or send us an email.

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See "Gaps" within each country

After several months of testing, a new service of Gapminder is now available. 

During the process of development, different geographical regions within the same country could have very different speed of development, and this may cause significant internal gaps. By using statistics animation technology, these gaps could be visualized and the change over time could also be displayed. For example, you could compare the development of Utah from US and Shanghai from China during the last 3 decades: Utah vs Shanghai

We would strongly recommended that you read the “PDF tutorial” and the “Caveat” to the left of the graph first.

Find all the countries of the world in the updated map

We have updated the map in gapminder world. We removed all “former countries” and “ad-hoc” areas, but included all small countries and territies. We included even the smallest countries and territories, such as Pitcairn (where the mutineers of bounty settled) and Canada’s somewhat less known neighbour St.Pierre-et-Miquelon.

You find the map under the tab “map” in Gapminder World. You can also follow this link which takes you directly there, although it should be noted that the direct link is slower than normal since additional map-related data has to be loaded.

New feature in Gapminder World

We have added a menu to the right of the Gapminder World to improve the usability. This new feature allows you to directly from the graph access information about the graph, find relevant links, watch tutorials, participate in discussions about the data, get tips on how to use the graph, and much more.

Go to the graph to see the new feature.

We have just started to experiment with this feature so for now we only have included a few points, but more will be added with time. Comments and suggestions are warmly welcome.

Easier to download indicators

While it was always possible to download the data files underlying the graphs in Gapminder World, we have now made it a lot easier. Each data file now has download links which allow download to Excel (xls), Open Office (ods) or even PDF files.

To access this functionality, click on the grid symbol next to the data to view the data, then click the “Download” tab. Then click the link for the desired format.

We have also improved the information about many of the indicator, including better definitions and clearer titles.

Minor bug corrected

We have corrected a minor bug related to the “link to this graph” function. Those who had selected specific countries to be displayed with trails might have found that other countries were selected instead.

However, the correct data was always displayed for each bubble.

New territory

The former state “United Korea” has been added as a possible territory in Gapminder World. So far the only indicator with any data for this territory is population.

Note for members in the Gapminder world community: the formal name-match name for this area is “Korea, United”, and the borders corresponds to North and South Korea.  

Download indicators to excel

It is now possible to download each of the indicators in gapminder world to excel.

Simply go to the list of current indicators in Gapminder World and click the link “download indicator to excel”, which you find in the sixth column.

Note that the row heights of the cells are not automatically adjusted in the downloaded files, so there might be texts in some cells that are not seen without going to the cell.

New blog for Gapminder World

This is a new blog for Gapminder World, the site lets you explore a changing world from your own computer. Gapminder World is powered by Trendalyzer, a software produced by Gapminder (and aquired by Google in March 2007) that lets you look at a number of indicators of Human Development in a way that is easy to understand and follow.

In this blog we will keep you updated on when changes are made, when new indicators have been added as well as other news such as software development or development on data availability.