We’ll Have What They’re Having

August 14th, 2015

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Schöne Grafik mit kleinen Detail-Ansichten der National Geographic.

Global Peace Index

June 17th, 2015

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The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. It is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

This year the results show that globally, levels of peace remained stable over the last year, however are still lower than in 2008.

Since last year, 81 countries have become more peaceful, while 78 have deteriorated.
Many countries in Europe, the world’s most peaceful region, have reached historically high levels of peace. 15 of the 20 most peaceful countries are in Europe.
Due to an increase in civil unrest and terrorist activity, the Middle East and North Africa is now the world’s least peaceful region for the first time since the Index began.
Globally the intensity of internal armed conflict has increased dramatically, with the number of people killed in conflicts rising over 3.5 times from 49,000 in 2010 to 180,000 in 2014.
The economic impact of violence reached a total of US$14.3 trillion or 13.4% of global GDP last year.

The most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark and Austria. The countries that made the biggest improvements in peace over the last year, generally benefited from the ending of wars with neighbours and involvement in external conflict. The biggest improvers were: Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Benin.

Syria remains the world’s least peaceful country, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan. The country that suffered the most severe deterioration in peace was Libya, which now ranks 149th of 162 countries. Ukraine suffered the second largest deterioration: following a popular revolution which brought down the administration of Viktor Yanukovych, Russia moved to destabilise the country, meaning it scored poorly on organised conflict indicators.

‘2014 was marked by contradictory trends: on the one hand many countries in the OECD achieved historically high levels of peace, while on the other, strife-torn nations, especially in the Middle East, became more violent. This is a real concern as these conflict become even more intractable they spread terrorism to other states.’

Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace


Excel: Find MIN for multiple ranges, with offset of 365 days

April 29th, 2015

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To remember….

Changing Projection (Center)

April 29th, 2015

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Interesting how the projection, or better the center and everything around changes dynamically, when one moves around

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

March 9th, 2015

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The children’s television host Mr. Rogers always carried in his wallet a quote from a social worker that said, “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.” And the way I like to interpret that is probably the greatest story commandment, which is “Make me care” — please, emotionally, intellectually, aesthetically, just make me care.
Andrew Stanton. “The clues to a great story”

Why storytelling matters. Garr Reynolds

March 6th, 2015

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Conflicting views: Public versus scientists

March 6th, 2015

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Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines

March 6th, 2015

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Interesting to see the what happened after vaccines have been introduced.

Global Temperature (Anomalies) Data

January 22nd, 2015

Japan Meteorological Agency – mail to:

Website launched: Global Environmental Goals (GEGs) Live

November 25th, 2014

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There is a multitude of internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives, which are part of outcome documents of relevant United Nations summits and conferences, resolutions of the General Assembly, decisions of other global intergovernmental conferences, multilateral environmental agreements and decisions of their governing bodies. The compendium of those goals and objectives is called the Global Environmental Goals (GEGs).
The purpose of the GEGs-Live website is to provide up-to-date information on the progress towards achieving these GEGs. In addition, it puts the information into the context of the currently elaborated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The variables and data are mainly drawn from UNEP’s Environmental Data Explorer.
Users can access the information they are searching for either through the GEGs or the SDGs, as parallel points of entry. Based on the user’s choice, the website shows the direct interlinkages between politically-agreed goals and targets on the one hand, and relevant underlying data for monitoring these on the other.
This website is a value judgment-free effort by UNEP to provide up-to-date information to show progress achieved on issues identified in the GEGs and the currently elaborated SDGs. It is intended to better inform both decision-makers and the general public.

Testing EDE’s graph inclusion

November 14th, 2014

F1 racing winners and age

October 22nd, 2014

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Great overview and display of the combination age, winner, top-10, other of Formula-1 races.

Visualizing the major causes of death in the 20th Century

October 22nd, 2014



The Graphic Continuum

October 22nd, 2014


Good overview of all those different display possibilities that we have…


Climate Economy Report

October 13th, 2014

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Very interesting website. For once, for the report (N. Stern is the key person behind). But even more for the website design. It’s like an interactive ebook brought online, with video which can play (fullscreen) in the background, links in all directions, pages which just need to be scrolled down for overview, and to the left for deeper look into it…

Pretty cool… Although, still, I don’t read the stuff, as I don’t like reading text on screen…

Neat tool for travel planning

September 5th, 2014

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Komoot is a pretty neat tool for planning a travel. I wanted to spend a couple of days cycling with my family, and explored several tools. This one is by far the best! Nicely done!

Extract Data From PDF Tables

July 17th, 2014

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Tabula: Very nice utility to extract data from a PDF table: Just upload the PDF file, highlight the table you want to extract, you’ll get a preview, and download the data in CSV format. Pretty cool!

Water Stress Index

May 13th, 2014

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Really like that map. Maplecraft came out with a bunch of interesting maps. Wonder how they assemble and compute these different layers, for which normally such high-resolution data are not available.

Environmental Change Media Watch

May 13th, 2014

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Interesting, very interactive site of automatic information collection/harvesting on specific environmental topics or keywords. The engine behind runs through all major social platforms and collects information and puts it into the right perspective, respectively inserts it into its larger database for connecting the dots (that is, the environmental themes, keywords, products).

Static Gapminder

April 2nd, 2014


Gapminder is a great tool. Doesn’t work with lots of combinations of data. But how to translate this into static images? Here is a nice example.