A dream come true

Anna Rosling Rönnlund

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What does the world really look like? How do other people really live? If we could see beyond the drama of the news headlines and the glamour of glossy travel ads, what could we learn about the world’s inhabitants – and about ourselves? At Dollar Street we’ve been curious about this for a long time.

It started as a simple thought: what if we could see statistics? What if, instead of trying to understand the numbers in a table or the figures in a graph, we could get a picture of what was being portrayed? Not all of us are good at statistics. (Let’s face it, almost none of us are.) But I’ve always had a passion for photography and for trying to make sense of people’s everyday lives. I knew I was on to something, and the vision of Dollar Street slowly started taking form.

Together with my husband, Ola Rosling, I started documenting the first homes back in 1999 (at my mother’s house in Ludvika, Sweden and with the Papon family in the Dominican Republic). With a grant from SIDA I could also document homes in Uganda, South Africa and Mozambique. The first interface was created and my idea started taking physical form.

At Gapminder we were at that time working on the bubble graphs that we would later sell to Google, and it took almost all of our time. But the idea of Dollar Street – a visual framework that would help us understand socio-economic differences of the world – didn’t leave me.

At first I wanted to travel the world and photograph every home myself. Yes, maybe a little naive. Today we work with photographers all over the world and Dollar Street is fast becoming what I envisioned all along. Today we feature more than 200 homes in about 50 countries, with a grand total of over 30 000 photos and 10 000 videos from these homes. A generous grant from Swedish Postkod Foundation made it possible to give Dollar Street the time needed, and in three years time we have collected photos and developed a tool free for everyone to use. It’s a dream come true! And hopefully one that you’ll enjoy as much as I do. Now go explore!

Human rights & democracy statistics

About this Video

In this video, made for the Oslo freedom Forum 2009, Hans Rosling discuss the difficulty in measuring progress in Human Rights in the form of comparable numerical statistics. He also shows the surprisingly weak correlation between existing estimates for democracy and socio-economic progress.

The reason may be that democracy and human rights measurements are badly done. It may also be that democracy and human rights are dimensions of development that are in themselves difficult to assign numerical values. But it also seems as much improvement in health, economy and education can be achieved with modest degrees of human rights and democracy. Hans Roslings concluding remark is that Human rights and Democracy maybe should be mainly regarded as values in themselves rather than means to achieve something else.


Related content

Democracy and GDP per capita in Gapminder World


Links:

http://oslofreedomforum.org
http://www.amnesty.org/en/human-rights/human-rights-by-country
http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/stats-on-human-rights/
http://www.systemicpeace.org/polity/polity4.htm

 

Prostate Cancer Statistics

About this Video

In this video, Hans Rosling briefly reviews the risk of getting diagnosed with, and the risk of dying from, prostate cancer in the world.

The data is compiled by IARC ( International Agency for research on Cancer) in Lyon, France. The most striking is the high rate of diagnosis per 100 000 men in USA and some countries in West Europe. In contrast, Japan has a very low rate and the most probable explanation is a genetic predisposition in men of European origin. The data is displayed in bubbles for each country and the color of the bubbles refers to the continent where each country is situated.

Related content

New cases of prostate cancer per 100 000 men (+ size showing number of new cases)

Shanghai, New York, Mumbai

About this Video

See the development of three centers of trade, Shanghai, New York and Mumbai.
Also, a comparison of the capitals: Beijing, Washington, D.C. and New Delhi.
And finally, a note from Professor Rosling on how one can measure the progress of President Obama’s intentions to improve the health system of the US.

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Gaps within China, India, US

Life expectancy at birth updated and expanded

We have made an update of the indicator Life expectancy at birth.  To see this indicator together with Income per capita, follow this link.

The biggest change is that we now show this indicator for 155 countries back to 1800, although in most cases, the early estimates are based on a very rough model. This full dataset is not suitable for statistical analysis. Please consult the documentation for information about sources and data quality. A spreadsheet with detailed source information will be added later.

You can also see some tentative information about data quality in the graph, look for this under “For advanced users” -> “Data quality”, or use this link. Red is “very poor quality data” while blue is “very good quality data”. Read more about our data quality ranking in this previous blogpost.

Continue reading “Life expectancy at birth updated and expanded”

The seemingly impossible is possible

About this talk

This year, 2007, Hans Rosling’s TED-speech focused on making the seemingly impossible possible.

The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop. Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid – toward better national health and wealth.

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Go to the speach from 2006.

Awards

2020   Prize of Integration 2020, Stiftung Apfelbaum

2020 Japanese Business Book Award Business Book Grand-prex 2020

2020 Stora retorik priset

2019 Gourmand Awards 2019, A06 SPECIAL AWARDS – PRIVATE

2019 Nominated to Utstickarpriset by Polarbröd

2019 Fostrargärningsmedaljen 

2019 Management book of the year category Management Futures

2019 Nominated for best Business Book in Japan

2019 Financial Times + McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award nomination

2019 Winner of Knowsquare Best Business Book Award, Spain

2018 Bill Gates gave a copy to all college graduates in US

2018 Wallenberg+ Nobelstiftelsen gave one copy each to all 18 years old last year in gymnasiet in Sweden

2017 Dialogpriset

2017 Resume Superkommunikatör kategory “NGOs and governmental organisations”

2017 Guldägget, Titanpriset till Gapminder

2017 Fast company World Changing Ideas Award: Dollar Street

2016 Winner of Leonardo Award 2016: Crossing Borders

2016 Winner of International Integrated Development Prize, Niras (20.000 EURO)

2015 Winner of Brewhouse Award Socialt entreprenörskap och Sociala Innovationer for Dollar Street

2015 Became a Katedralskolan Alumni. A plate on the wall.

2014 Don´t Panic wins Royal Televison Society´s Television Journalism Awards, in the category Innovative News 

2010 winner of World Technology Award , design category for Gapminder design

2010 nominated World Technology Award for Gapminder in the category  IT Software

2009 Gapminder.org (Trendalyzer) one of Planetizen Top 10 websites 2009,

2009 received  ‘Massage of the Month January 2009’ for DIVE Browse page from Google Ads User Experience team 

2008 nominated to ‘ICT re-newer of the year’, Kompetensgalan, Sweden

2007 nominated to Webby Award, Best Visual Design

2006 nominated to World Technology Award for Trendalyzer

2004 received  ‘Appropriate and Sustainable Solution of the Month’ by Engineers Without Borders

2003 received  World Panorama Awards, Category Education for Dollar Street

2002 nominated to European Academic Software Awards for Dollar Street

Documentation

Gapminder combines data from multiple sources into unique coherent time-series that can’t be found elsewhere.

Most of our data are not good enough for detailed numeric analysis. They are only good enough to revolutionize people’s worldview. But we only fill in gaps whenever we believe we know roughly what the numbers would have been, had they existed. The uncertainties are often large. But we comfort ourselves by knowing the errors in peoples worldview are even larger. Our data is constantly improved by feedback in our data forum from users finding mistakes.

We fill in all gaps: Our data is more consistent over time and space than most other sources, because we dare to fill all the gaps in the sources. We dare this because our purpose is to show people the big picture, and they won’t understand it if its full of holes.

We use current geographic boundaries: We show the world history as if country borders had always been the same as today. Read more here.

Below are links to documentation describing how we have combined the sources in each case. For the sake of transparency, whenever allowed to share the underlying data, we make our complete calculations available for download, often in Excel files. In most of these files the details are not documented, as we haven’t had time to describe every little step in our data process. But our data is constantly being improved by people who help find problems. If you have questions, we will try to answer them in our data-forum.

Each documentation page has a version number and links to the previous versions. Whenever we update the data, or make other significant changes in the documentation, we make a new version.

Data combined by Gapminder
Average age at 1st marriage (girls)
Babies per woman (total fertility rate)
Child Mortality Rate, under age five
GDP per capita in constant PPP dollars
Gini
HIV/AIDS
Income Mountains
Infant Mortality Rate, under age one
Legal slavery
Life Expectancy at Birth
Maternal mortality
Population
World Health Chart, data sources

This list only includes data that we have somehow modified or calculated ourselves. The complete list of data we use is here »

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Can I buy the software to make my own animations?
What software does Gapminder use to create online surveys?
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Can I buy the software to make my own animations?

Gapminder Tools is free and comes with built-in data. You can use it online or download it. The offline version also allows you to create your own animated bubble charts, line charts and so on. See this tutorial for more info. Also 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?

For the online test on the front page of our website, we use a survey software called SurveyGizmo.

To create online surveys for lectures and events we use a survey software called Mentimeter.

I would like to suggest a new indicator for Gapminder Tools

Please send an email to [email protected]

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

In Gapminder Tools 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 Tools, please contact us at: [email protected]
The minimum requirements for the data we use in Gapminder Tools 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 Tools?

Yes, you can. Gapminder Tools Offline is an application that you install on your computer. It has the same graphs and indicators as Gapminder Tools and automatically checks for updates when connection is available, 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 Tools Offline. Once installed, it works like any application or program on your computer.

  • Before your presentation prepare and save your favorite graphs in Gapminder Tools Offline, then they are easy to find during your presentation.
  • Switch between Gapminder Tools Offline 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 or if you couldn’t install Gapminder Tools Offline before you presentation, you can of course use the online version of Gapminder Tools.

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

How can I contribute to Gapminder?

Please visit our get involved page here //www.gapminder.org/get-involved/

You can also donate to Gapminder here: //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 fill out this form or contact [email protected]

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 Tools?

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 Tools 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’, Anna’s or Ola’s 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 //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:
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