“Why are we not using the data we have?”
So asks Hans Rosling, a professor of international health at Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institute, in a recent TED 2006 talk, now available on the Web. (The specific link is
http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=hans_rosling&flashEnabled=1, recorded in February 2006.) This 20 minutes video is perhaps the most cogent and entertaining presentation you will ever see regarding how data can be made real and meaningful through appropriate visualization. Professor Rosling inspires us to unlock understanding from the manifest data all around us.
Fortunately, the data visualization techniques he uses can be obtained from the non-profit organization he has founded, Gapminder, which brings global health and demographic data to life using the free Trendalyzer software.
The TED (Technology Entertainment Design) annual conference draws about 1,000 attendees to Monterey, CA, for the bargain price of $4400 per
attendee. TED 2007 is already oversubscribed.
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