Today, in case you hadn’t heard, is World Statistics Day. This year’s theme is Better Data, Better Lives.

First launched in 2010, the initiative aimed to build support and better understanding for official statistics among the general public and policy-makers worldwide. Today it has progressed to show how better decisions can inform policies that impact millions of lives, and demonstrate the important role statistics have in enabling these decisions to result in better lives.

World Statistics Day visualisation winner

You can see the winners and finalists of the #StatsDay15 Data Visualization Challenge below.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said: “On this World Statistics Day, I urge all partners and stakeholders to work together to ensure that the necessary investments are made, adequate technical capacity is built, new data sources are explored and innovative processes are applied to give all countries the comprehensive information systems they need to achieve sustainable development.”

To celebrate, the United Nations Statistics Division has announced the winners and finalists of the #StatsDay15 Data Visualization Challenge.

The challenge followed the launch of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report, asking entrants to use their creativity and imagination to build an infographic or dynamic visualization featuring the latest data from the 2015 MDG report.

The winner of the #StatsDay15 Data Visualisation Challenge? Is the World A Better Place Today?, a project by Jeremy Boy (France/NZ) with the help of Anshul Vikram Pandey and Jean-Daniel Feket.

World Statistics Day visualisation winner

Is the world a better place today?”  is an interactive visualisation designed to help users overcome three potential barriers which are often overlooked in the design of visualisations and in the presentation of data:

  • The literacy barrier: people need to understand what they are looking at, and that the graphics represent underlying data.
  • The interaction barrier: people need to know whether a visualisation is interactive or simply static, and they need to know in time what interactions are possible.
  • The task barrier: people need to know what tasks to perform with the visualisation and data in order to imagine new, and interesting ways of questionning the data.

The Runners up

The Urban Century: Exploring the impact of Slumification on Development Goals” by Niccolo Cirone (Italy).

This project is intended to encourage further analysis on the difference between development policies for rural areas and policies for slums, and on how we can make sure that our development actions are can be effectives in urban environments.

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Millennium Development Goals – Indicator Correlation Explorerby Max Galka (United States).

This data visualisation allows you to explore the relationships between Millennium Development Goals indicators via two interactive graphics.
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Halting the Spread of HIVby Emily Schuch (United States)

An exploration of the HIV incidence rate, which measures the number of new HIV infections as a percentage of the population.
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Health Inequity in Your City” by Doohee You (Republic of Korea)

Given the focus on urban health, this project intended to elicit the magnitude of health inequities in urban areas using MDG indicators, highlighting the sections of the urban population that are disadvantaged in accessing services and achieving healthy outcomes. The project focused on providing a quick and clear understanding of the current situation as well as trends, while providing benchmarks for each country to compare their performance with others.
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Behind the scenes of the UN Millennium Goal Development Reportby Katharina Rasch (Germany)

“Behind the scenes…” is a visualisation of the metadata behind the UN Millennium Goal Development report. It answers questions such as ”How much data is behind the MGD report?”, ”How many people does it represent?”. Users can explore how much data has been collected about each of the millennium goals. They can learn how much of Earth’s population is represented in each of data points collected and see for which goals the UN is making progress in collecting more data in recent years.
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Posted in Big data, Statistics On October 20, 2015 By