Using SDMX to create automated data visualizations and dashboards

Database APISDMX or Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange has become an international standard for exchanging data. It makes automated data visualization of international data exponentially easier. Why? Because more and more organisations and government agencies provide their data in SDMX format, and it has a standardized structure.

Data visualization: why, when, how and for whom

Data visualizationUnless you need to look up exact values or do some calculations, visualizations are almost invariably better than tables of numbers. If you are not already visualizing your data, you are missing important insights.

The Benefits and Future of Data Visualization

Future of data visualisationStatSilk founder Frank van Cappelle recently provided his insights on the benefits of data visualization, as part of an expert interview series at Podbox.

This article further elaborates on three key trends that are likely to shape the future of data visualization: automation, interactivity, and (VR) storytelling.

StatWorld: A free educational tool for exploring world stats

The desktop version of StatWorld has just been released, a free educational tool through which world statistics can be explored in the form of interactive maps and graphs.

StatWorld can be used to explore hundreds of maps and graphs covering a wide range of topics, including education, environment, economy, health, ICT and language.

StatPlanet v 3.2 released - tell stories with your data

StatPlanet v 3.2 has just been released - and with it comes an important new interface component - the Story panel. As the name indicates, it can be used to tell stories with your data. The panel can include formatted text and images and has customizable dimensions. It can be customized separately for each indicator and - if required - each time unit as well. Stories can also be displayed as an indicator rollover popup to save screen space. These popups can also include formatted text and pictures (through HTML coding).

StatPlanet is a Katerva Award Finalist

StatPlanet has been named a 2012 Katerva Award Finalist! StatPlanet aims to support non-profit, government, education and research organizations, especially in developing countries, to use their data for evidence-based decision making.

The Katerva Awards shine a global spotlight on the world’s most promising sustainability ideas, identifying the best ideas on the planet for refinement and acceleration toward impact at a global level.

- Frank

StatPlanet 3.0 released

 I am excited to announce the release of StatPlanet 3.0 today. Many of the improvements are the result of your feedback. I would like to thank all of you who have helped improve StatPlanet through your useful e-mails and forum posts.