OK, I confess - I'm a data junky. So I am very thankful to Jim Gibbon (via Eszter Hargittai of Crooked Timber) for posting about Gapminder. It provides the best visualisation of data I have ever seen. Here is Jim's post:
I’ve been blown away this morning by a new tool for displaying world development data called Gapminder. If you want a spicy way to show off statistical data, it’s hard to imagine a more compelling software program. There is a great video demonstration of Gapminder being used in what is possibly one of the best presentations I have ever seen (I laughed, I cried, my jaw dropped). You can play around with the program online, but make sure to watch the video to get a sense of its capabilities. (Note: No statistical knowledge required, appropriate for all audiences!)
The Gapminder Foundation was founded by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling in Stockholm. It shows what a small non-profit can do. You can checkout the Gapminder tool online - and there is also a related tool with even more options on the website: Trendalyzer. It's capabilities are awesome. The website also has plenty of downloads and presentations.