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The OECD, short for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), recently announced a new OECD eXplorer [stats.oecd.org], a very powerful web-tool for analyzing regional statistics. The new online geographic visualization is unique because of its focus on regional and states (versus national) statistical data, its large amount of features (from the choice of the color scale to deciding a percentile or uniform distribution) and its slick visual design. The data is based on OECD Regional Database, containing 30 indicators measuring demography, economic and labour market performance, education, healthcare, environmental outputs and knowledge-based activities. As Hans Rosling lectured before, the economic performance and social indicators can vary within countries every bit as much as they do between countries.

The preliminary version has already been posted on infosthetics about half a year ago, but the current application has several new features, including the ability to present the full set of OECD regional statistics as interactive maps, the possibility to explore trends over time (time animation), to view the structure of regional economies through a scatterplot and a parallel coordinate panel, and several novel functions for presenting stories about the statistics embedded with interactive visualization.

Interestingly, the interface even features the possibility to load and explore your own data, write your own stories and share them with others.

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2 COMMENTS

This article deals with some important information that should definetly be available for a greater mass of people. Along the same lines it seems important to continue developing the parts of information that make up the whole. Explore hc has got an extensive healthcare database that is currently available in California and Florida. Their service is pretty comprehensive and the program is user friendly. www.explorehc.com

Tue 28 Apr 2009 at 4:13 PM

Very nice design (looks a lot like Gapminder). Still think this is a dead-end though - it is a complicated tool with a limited amount of data. Users will have to spend time learning how to use it, and then they will still be limited by the OECD:s choice of data. I think there is a market for small, easy-to-understand apps with only one function (NY Times, Facebook), and a market for powerful apps that let the user upload data. This seems to be a lot of learning curve for a very small pay-off.

Sat 05 Sep 2009 at 10:49 AM
Alexandra
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