Friday, February 4, 2011

Better World Flux - Create Animated Data Displays

Better World Flux is a free data visualization development tool that was created for the World Bank's Apps for Development Challenge. The purpose of the challenge was to encourage app developers to create products that could be used to highlight the development data hosted by the World Bank.

Better World Flux allows users to create animated visualizations of development data. To use Better World Flux (no registration required) all you have to do is select a data set from the menu provided and select a country or countries from the menu provided. From there Better World Flux creates an animated data visualization for you. The visualization will change as the years on the timeline at the bottom of the visualization change. This way users can see growth and recession of a statistic over time.

Learn more about Better World Flux in the video below.


Applications for Education
Better World Flux and other applications like it can be helpful for students who when just looking at data sets might not always be able to recognize patterns or changes. Visualization apps can help those students see the patterns and changes that may exist in a data set.

Better World Flux is just one of many apps developed for the Apps for Development Challenge, I encourage you to explore the gallery of entries to find ones that you and your students can use.