Posts tagged data

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Smoking Trends Around the Globe (1980-2012)

Via Mike Freeman:


"While smoking prevalence has declined in the past 30 years, the growing population has driven up the number of smokers. This interactive data visualization designed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) allows you to explore how smoking trends have changed from 1980 to present. Dig down to specific trends by region, country, age, and gender, and even see the data used to generate estimates.”

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

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The World’s Commercial Shipping Routes

by Grolltech on Wikipedia: 


This map of shipping routes illustrates the present-day density of commercial shipping in the world’s oceans.

Via Reddit and Wikipedia, data from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis 

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Have You Ever Paid a Bribe for Public Services?


According to Transparency International, 27% of people reported having paid a bribe for public services in the past year. Click on this link for an interactive map by The Economist to learn more:

Source: Transparency International

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The World’s Oldest Trees


How old are the world’s oldest trees and clonal colonies?

This illustration by Michael Paukner based on data from Wikipedia  incorporates the location of known trees ranging from 2,000 to 80,000 or more years old. 

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Web Aquarium Shows World’s Declining Fish Population

Today is World Oceans Day, and sadly the data on the health of the oceans are grim. For example, 90% of the big fish in the oceans are gone, largely due to overfishing.

What do emptier waters look like? The Guardian have compiled 200+ oceans-related datasets into an interactive web aquarium that shows the decline in fish populations over the past 100 years. Dive into the full interactive dataviz to see it for yourself.


Source: The Guardian

Oceans open data: World Bank Little Green Data Book 2013

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Access to Energy Worldwide

Another way to visualize global access to energy, from The Economist

"Some 1.7 billion people gained access to electricity, and 1.6 billion to modern fuels for household cooking between 1990 and 2010. The world’s population increased by a similar amount, so the proportion of those who have access to modern energy sources rose."


Source: Global Tracking Framework

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Where in the World Do People Lack Access to Electricity?

Did you know that worldwide 1.2 billion people—almost equal to the population of India— lack access to electricity?

The new Global Tracking Framework Report (pdf) presents detailed country-level and global data that outline challenges as countries try to provide universal access to modern energy.

Check out the top 20 countries where people lack access to electricity.

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How People Use Mobile Phones in Emerging Markets in Asia

Social media apps are the most commonly used mobile apps in emerging countries in Asia, according to a survey conducted by Jana, a Boston-based mobile technology company. For example, 87% of respondents in Indonesia have social media apps on their mobile phones. The second most common mobile apps are games. 

Jana surveyed over 3000 people in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam to find out how mobile phones are being used. Explore the results in their interactive infographic.

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Calculating the World’s Population

How do demographers actually know how many people live on Earth? Can they accurately calculate the number of people that have ever lived? You asked our data help desk these questions, and our open data whiz drew the answers in this video.

Do you have more questions about how data is calculated? Ask them via our data help desk or on Twitter with hashtag #dataquestion

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The world’s fastest and slowest growing metropolitan economies

Economist World's Fastest Growing Economies

According to The Economist: “The world’s largest 300 metropolitan economies account for 19% of the global population and almost half the world’s GDP.”

Data from the Brookings Institute.