Democracy by Numbers [arte.tv] is a beautiful series of infographics developed by the data visualization agency Dataveyes for the French-German television channel arte.tv. Since January, the TV network is broadcasting a series of documentaries highlighting 7 countries as they go through a change in their political system. The goal is to take the pulse of democracy in those countries, based on their history of government and social issues.
Léo Gourven, one of the 4 founders of Dataveyes, described the goal of the visualizations as follows: "Arte.tv asked us to create an engaging visualization which would support the documentaries, using authoritative, consistent datasets."
The infographics present a clever mix of highlighted key numbers, like the active years of political leaders and charts showing indicators like the spread of wealth or the participation of women in the parliament. Interestingly, the project also includes some uncommon democracy measurements like the internet and Facebook usage.
See also World Freedom Atlas.