Gapminder adds agricultural data at last

We’ve blogged before about how cool it would be if agricultural production statistics were available in Gapminder, the visualization tool developed by the great Hans Rosling and his family. Well, the wait is over! Gapminder, which is now owned by Google, announced a couple of days ago that you can now use it to explore the FAOSTAT database. This will take weeks, if not months, to get to grips with, but I just leave you with a tasty morsel: what’s happened to area of fonio cultivation in Guinea and Nigeria in the past 45 years. Note the rapid increase in the past decade or so. And compare to the trend in overall production. Why has Guinea done so much better in increasing yields, at least since 1995? Real, or artifact? Oh, there will be so much fun to be had from this. Thanks, Gapminder! And thanks Jon for the headsup.

One Reply to “Gapminder adds agricultural data at last”

  1. Dear Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog,

    Thank you for your enthusiasm! You are so right it takes a while to find the interesting stories from the massive data. It is over 700 indicators which in different combinations can show interesting stuff. But just imagine trying to do that without the visualization. We are as excited as you.

    Please, when you or your visitors find some interesting combination or revelation from the graphs, please let us know. We are soon going to implement a new function where we hint of some of the interesting facts that can be found in the graphs with the possibility to add some explaining text to each graph.

    We therefore need good stories to tell from the graphs. Just drop us a line if you have an example you want to share with the world!

    Just one correction though, Gapminder is not owned by Google. Gapminder is a foundation of its own, totally independent from Google. They only bought the software (Trendalyzer) to improve the technology further. Gapminder continues to use it in order to explain the world in an understandable way.

    Thanks again and see you on!
    Staffan, Gapminder

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