24 April 2010, professor Angus Maddison passed away at the age of 83. Maddison was an economist and economic historian and a pioneer in exploring the broad developments of the world through statistics.
Yesterday (April 20, 2010) the World Bank reveiled that it will offer free access to a huge amount of development statistics. This bold and longly awaited step to liberate the data gives students, researchers, designers, journalists and organizations access to important statistics.
Today Google launched “Public Data Explorer”, a new powerful visualization tool that lets you explore, visualize and share data in a “Gapminder-like” manner. It lets you explore statistics and create “Bubble-charts”, maps, bar- or line charts, to share on your blog or web page.