Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Can I buy the software to make my own animations?
What software does Gapminder use to create online surveys?
I would like to suggest a new indicator for Gapminder World
I have data, can Gapminder help me to share it?
Can I download Gapminder World?
How do I use Gapminder graphics in my presentation?
What kind of program does Hans use to make his videos?
How can I contribute to Gapminder?
Is Gapminder non-profit?
Is there a political agenda behind Gapminder, why are you doing this?
Who should I contact to request a speaker from Gapminder?
How can I contact the Gapminder team?
How may I use Gapminder World?
– Can I make a screen dump and publish it on my webpage?
– Can I make a screen dump and publish it in a book?
– Can I publish a graph in a newspaper?
– Can I show Gapminder World on an exhibition?
How may I use your videos?
– Can I show your videos on a conference I am arranging?
– Can I show your videos and other material in the classroom?
– Can I create teaching material and course with your material?
– Can I download all your data and make my own visualisations?
How do I cite Gapminder?

Can I buy the software to make my own animations?

Gapminder World is free and comes with built in data. You can use it online or download it, but you can not change the data or add your own. If you like to create your own animating bubblecharts have a look at Google’s free Motion Chart Gadget and Public Data Explorer, where you can visualize your own data.

What software does Gapminder use to create online surveys?

When we create our surveys online, we use a survey software called SurveyGizmo.

I would like to suggest a new indicator for Gapminder World

Please go to http://getsatisfaction.com/gapminder/products/gapminder_data
Look if your indicator already has been suggested, if it has you can vote for it.
If you can’t find it, please start a new topic as it enables others to vote for this indicator.

I have data, can Gapminder help me to share it?

In Gapminder World we have collected over 400 indicators on global development. We have limited resources to upload new indicators, but if you have data that you think would fit Gapminder World, please contact us at: info@gapminder.org
The minimum requirements for the data we use in Gapminder World are:

  • That the data has documented sources and methods of compilation.
  • That the time series are indicators for countries and territories of the world.
  • That the time series extend at least over 5 years.

Can I download Gapminder World?

Yes, you can. Gapminder Desktop is an application that you install on your computer. It has the same graphs and indicators as Gapminder World and automatically checks for updates, so that you always have the latest data in your computer.

How do I use Gapminder graphics in my presentation?

There are several ways you can use Gapminder in your presentation. The easiest way is to download and install Gapminder Desktop, the offline version of Gapminder World. Once installed, it works like any application or program on your computer.

  • Before your presentation prepare and save your favorite graphs in Gapminder Desktop, then they are easy to find during your presentation.
  • Switch between Gapminder Desktop and your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation (alt+tab on PC and cmd+tab on Mac).

If you have a reliable internet connection during your presentation and if you are able to install Gapminder Desktop before you presentation, you can of course use Gapminder World on-line as well.

  • Then it is a good idea to open your different Gapminder World-graphs in different tabs in your web-browser before you start.
  • As with Gapminder Desktop you can naturally switch between Gapminder World and your PowerPoint/Keynote the same way (alt+tab on PC and cmd+tab on Mac).

What kind of program does Hans use to make his videos?

When making custom presentations for Hans’ lectures we normally screen record the animated bubble graph, using for example ScreenFlow (for Mac). We add these screen recordings to Keynote or PowerPoint and do some minor adjustments regarding font size etc.
(Sometimes we also use Flash/Flex to recreate parts of the animation and add special effects like sub-national data/quintiles etc.) Techsmith Camtasia is a good “screen recorder” option for windows. Just record our on-line tool and paste the videos in your presentation.

How can I contribute to Gapminder?

You can contribute to our work by signing up for volunteer work at http://www.gapminder.org/join_movement/

You can also donate to Gapminder here: http://www.gapminder.org/donations/

Is Gapminder non-profit?

Yes, read more here

Is there a political agenda behind Gapminder, why are you doing this?

Gapminder’s work serves a purpose of filling a gap. There has been a market failure in distributing global data. A lot of people are interested in the data, but don’t get access to it (and if they manage to access the data, they need to be advanced statisticians to analyze it). Gapminder wants to make data more accessible and easier to use for instant visual analysis. We believe decision makers, politicians as well as education at almost all levels lack adequate tools.

There is no political agenda behind the work. The idea is that all people, independently of their political agenda, should get free access to already existing statistics about global development to easily improve their understanding about the complex society.

Who should I contact to request a speaker from Gapminder?

If you would like to make an inquiry then please contact Gabriela Sá who handles the speaking requests at info@gapminder.org

Please note that we receive a lot of requests and therefore have very limited possibilities to accept new assignments.

How can I contact the Gapminder team?

Please find our contact details here

How may I use Gapminder World?

Can I make a screen dump and publish it on my webpage?
Yes, as long as your purpose is educational, informational or non-commercial and you give the source: “Free material from www.gapminder.org”

Can I make a screen dump and publish it in a book?
Yes, as long as your purpose is educational, informational or non-commercial and you give the source: “Free material from www.gapminder.org”

Can I publish a graph in a newspaper?
Yes, as long as your purpose is educational, informational or non-commercial and you give the source: “Free material from www.gapminder.org”

Can I show Gapminder World on an exhibition?
Yes, as long as your purpose is educational, informational or non-commercial and you give the source: “Free material from www.gapminder.org”

How may I use your videos?

Can I show your videos on a conference I am arranging?
Yes, but please see TEDTalks usage policy if you are planning to show any of Hans’ TED talks.

Can I show your videos and other material in the classroom?
Yes.

Can I create teaching material and course with your material?
Yes, please do! We are very interested to look at your material, so please feel free to send us an email and tell us how you use it in your classroom. Please have a look at our teachers page

Can I download all your data and make my own visualisations?
No. You can download the data from Gapminder but you will have to check the terms of use for each indicator with the data provider.

How do I cite Gapminder?

For the data it depends. Gapminder is not the data provider in most cases.
On our data page we have listed the indicators with the data provider. In some cases it says “various sources”. This means that the data set was compiled by Gapminder.
In those cases you give http://www.gapminder.org/data/ as the source.
In all other cases, you should give the data provider as source
I.e: Aid given (% of GNI) Source: OECD QWIDS through www.gapminder.org

If you are showing a graph or other material, please give:
Source: Free material from www.gapminder.org


Date Posted: 2008-10-12