Engaging with Data

by | Jul 13, 2012 | Uncategorized |

The video is a bit old, but it still is contagious, if you doubt me, try watching it without smiling a little. It’s hilarious to see Hans, an older Swedish man, getting so excited about numbers, well not so much numbers as what they tell us especially when they are portrayed in a visual manner. It simply is great.

I find gapminder to be a fabulous tool to help communicate with others as it helps us see the change over time. It helps us remember that we are making improvements in poverty reduction and many of the millennium development goals and yet there is still more to do. In fact, it is such a great tool that Google decided to buy it, which often means you are on to something…

And at the end of the day, I’d much rather watch coloured circles move while they expand and contract than stare at a spreadsheet of numbers any day of the week!

Watch the video and enjoy!

1 Comment

  1. Amr Salah

    I have the pleasure to brief you on our Data Visualization software
    “Trend Compass”.

    TC is a new concept in viewing statistics & trends in an animated way
    by displaying in one chart 5 axis (X, Y, Time, Bubble size & Bubble
    color) instead of just the traditional X and Y axis. Discover trends
    hidden in spreadsheets. It could be used in analysis, research,
    presentation etc. In different business sectors, to name a few we
    have Deutsche Bank, NBC Universal, RIM, Vanguard Institutional
    Investor, Ipsos, Princeton University as our clients.

    Link on Drilling feature (Parent/Child) – Just double-click on any bubble:

    NBC presentation on TED using Trend Compass exported Videos on CNN

    Link on our new Geographical Trend Compass (Earthquake in Japan – Mag
    vs Depth vs Time):

    Link on Ads Monitoring on TV Satellite Channels.

    Link on UK Master Card vs Visa performance :

    Links on Funds:

    Link on other KPIs :

    Link on Chile’s Earthquake (Feb 27th 2010):
    Link on weather data :

    Bank link to compare Deposits, Withdrawals and numbers of Customers
    for different branches over time:

    Misc Examples :

    Princeton University project on US unemployment :

    A video presentation by Professor Alan Krueger Bendheim Professor of
    Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and currently
    Chief Economist at the US Treasury:

    You can download a trial version. It has a feature to export
    EXE,PPS,HTML and AVI files. The most impressive is the AVI since you
    can record Audio/Video for the charts you create.


    Video on Trend Compass:

    Since we already develop 3D Virtual Reality applications, please find
    below a link on a prototype for a new 3D VR Trend Compass application:


    Amr Salah
    Trend Compass Team
    Epic Systems


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