We've been working hard all summer, and today we're very excited to unveil new features and enhancements on data.worldbank.org.
Rebuilding Europe’s steel capacity after WWII. Jump-starting Japan’s bullet trains. Eradicating riverblindness. Coordinating a global phase-out of leaded fuels. Renewing tsunami-ravaged Indonesia.
The world shares many major milestones with the World Bank’s own history. Our newly re-designed results timeline offers a “greatest hits” of international achievements with Bank involvement:
In his most recent TED talk, open data advocate Hans Rosling blasted the World Bank (and lauded the US government) on data sharing practices. Rosling said that while we at the Bank have some of the best researchers and the best access to data, we're not doing enough to share that data openly, and for free.
We've been doing a lot with data visualization here at the World Bank these days.
This afternoon, I had the pleasure of sitting in a session on information visualization by Ben Shneiderman of the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab. In his presentation, Shneiderman shared one of his mantras when it comes to visualizing information:
Overview, zoom & filter, details on demand.