Gapminder Foundation was founded in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling on February 25, 2005.
The initial activity was to pursue the development of the Trendalyzer software. This software unveils the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics. The current version of Trendalyzer is available since March 2006 as Gapminder World, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries.
In March 2007 Google acquired Trendalyzer from the Gapminder Foundation and the Gapminder team of developers joined Google in California in April 2007.
Gapminder Foundation maintains its aim and continues to show major global development trends with animated statistics.
Gapminder World: since the launch in March 2006 Gapminder World has grown from 16 to over 200 indicators displaying the trends in some cases back to the year 1800. The data in gapminder World is constantly updated and refined. Gapminder World has also been technically improved several times during the last year and new features added.
Since 2008 Gapminder World also has a number of sub-graphs displaying trends on sub-national level to display differences among the US-states, provinces in China and a special graph comparing stats and provinces in China, US and India to the rest of the countries in the world.
From Gapminder World and its sub-graphs the data and documentation behind the graph have been made available with a single click from inside the graph.
Videos: since 2006 Gapminder has produced a number of videos promoting a fact based world view. Filmed lectures with Hans Rosling and shorter thematic web-casts called Gapcast can be viewed and downloaded from the video section.
Downloads: some of the main statistical trends are captured in pdf-charts on a yearly basis and can printed out as handouts or posters. For presenters and teachers clickable flash-presentations turns statistical time lines into interactive tools for a lecture or presentations.