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Hans Rosling and Data Visualization

I would like to start this year with a couple of videos. They show, besides the main subjects of both conferences, several important questions:

  1. the key role that data visualization plays when we need to learn how a very long-term process behaves.
  2. the importance of having a right perspective when you have to deal with long-term issues.

Both talks took place at TED and the first one, back in 2006, was presented with this words:

You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”

The second one, “Hans Rosling on HIV: New facts and stunning data visuals”, was recorded last year, and the synopsis says:

Hans Rosling unveils new data visuals that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world's deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. He argues that preventing transmissions — not drug treatments — is the key to ending the epidemic.

If you don't know Dr. Hans Rosling, you can read his Speaker Profile at TED, but here is a brief resume:

As a doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling identified a new paralytic disease induced by hunger in rural Africa. Now he looks at the bigger picture of social and economic development with his remarkable trend-revealing software.

I wish you enjoy them as much as I did. Have fun! :D

Hans Rosling and Data Visualization by Carlos Veira Lorenzo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Published in Personal Stuff Technology