April 1, 2008

Gapminder Updated

The folks at Gapminder/Google have recently (? or did I just miss it) updated their incredibly cool Gapminder World tool.  When I first came across this tool several years ago I spent hours playing with it and was a bit anxious when Google bought the technology from Gapminder last year as I was worried that it would be pretty low on Google's development totem pole but the union continues to be a good one.  They've added a number of new data sets in categories like population, health, economy, technology, education; expanded some of the displayable time periods, added links to the data that display in Google spreadsheets with references to sources, and added the ability to link to specific data display configurations.  As previously mentioned, hopefully they will begin to mine the UN data that was recently made available to continue to expand the tool even more.

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