Showing posts with label development data. Show all posts
Showing posts with label development data. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Knoema - Huge Collections of Data Maps and Charts

Knoema is a service that offers a huge collection of data sets and maps for public use. Knoema offers data maps and charts for almost every country in the world. There are dozens of data categories to pick from. Some of the data categories that you will find include GPD Per Capita, Government Debt, Migration, Housing, Energy Consumption, and Agricultural Production.

To find a data map or chart on Knoema to use with your students first select a data set then choose a country from the drop-down menu tied to each data set. Each data set, map, and chart can be exported downloaded and or embedded into a blog post or webpage.

Applications for Education
The obvious fit for Knoema is in a social studies setting in which students are comparing economic indicators. Knoema's library of data sets and visualizations is vast enough to include data sets and visualizations to include environmental science data.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

An Overview of Google's Public Data Explorer

Google's Public Data Explorer draws on data sets from the World Bank, the US CDC, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources of public data. In all there are eighty data sets. The Public Data Explorer makes it possible to quickly create visual representations and visual comparisons of the data sets. Each visualization you create has a unique URL that you can direct people to or you can embed the visualization in a blog or website.

In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use Google's Public Data Explorer.

Applications for Education
Google's Public Data Explorer is a tool that I have used in civics courses that I have taught. I would ask students to analyze data and then create a public policy proposal based on that analysis. The Public Data Explorer is useful in helping students compare data sets.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Map CIA World Factbook Info with KML Factbook

The KML Factbook is a great tool for creating mapped displays of all manner of demographic, economic, and political data. The data used in the KML Factbook comes from the CIA World Factbook. The KML Factbook allows users to to select datasets from the CIA World Factbook and display that data in Google Maps or in Google Earth. You can also preview your maps using the Google Earth browser plug-in. After creating your map you can download the file to use offline in Google Earth.

Creating a map is a simple matter of selecting a set data set or sets, choosing base map, and defining the colors and size of placemarks. After making your selections KML Factbook generates the map. If you would like to use your own datasets, you can upload them to the KML Factbook.

Applications for Education
The KML Factbook could be a useful tool for students of geography, political science, and global economics. Data maps are good for providing students with a means to visually compare data sets. I can see the KML Factbook being a great resource for students to quickly compare development indicators of countries in a region or continent.

Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Use Gapminder Desktop

In a post earlier today I mentioned Gapminder. Gapminder is a great tool for creating data visualizations. Gapminder gives users the ability to create graphs of hundreds of demographic and economic indicators. I like Gapminder because it provides a good way for visual learners to see data sets in a context that is significantly different from standard data sets.

Gapminder has a page for educators on which they can find thematic animations, graphs, quizzes, model lessons, and a PDF guide to using Gapminder. For teachers working in schools with slow Internet connections or very strict filtering, Gapminder has a desktop application that you can download and install for Mac or Windows computers. The video below demonstrates Gapminder desktop.

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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MDG Maps - Millenium Development Goal Maps

Millenium Development Goal Maps (MDG Maps) is a free tool for generating maps displaying development data about the world. The data comes from Millenium Development Goals data sets at the World Bank Data Set website. To use MDG Maps select a goal and then a development indicator from the menu provided. MDG Maps then produces a color-coded map representing the data set. You can place your cursor over any country on the map to view specific data. MDG Maps can be download as PDFs.
H/T to Google Maps Mania.

Applications for Education 
MDG Maps could be a useful tool for students of geography, political science, and global economics. Data maps are good for providing students with a means to visually compare data sets. I can see MDG Maps being a resource for students to quickly compare development indicators of countries in a region or continent. Use the comparisons students make as the jumping-off point for research into the causes and solutions of development inequalities between countries.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

FedEx Experience - Interactive Data Maps

FedEx, a company that employed me for almost seven years, has a really neat interactive data map. The FedEx 3D Experience is an interactive map that changes the shape and size of countries in response to the data sets you select. There are twenty-one data categories and each category has three different data sets within it. For example, if I select the data category "household appliances" I'll be able to see a mapped representation of television imports, refrigerator imports, and washing machine imports by country. If you don't want to select data sets you can just let the map autoplay through all of the data sets and watch the map change as it goes through each data set.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the great find.

Applications for Education
The FedEx 3D Experience is a good way to see country by country comparisons of interesting data sets. Some of the categories of data, like "household appliances," are a little more relatable to students than the GDP, GNP type of data sets often found in maps like this.