One of the most effective ways to display development indicators is through graphs and charts. A visual display of data makes comparisons easier and promotes a better understanding of trends.
Data Visualizer is a World Bank tool which employs “bubble charts” to display data in four dimensions. In each chart, the size of the country circle represents a volume measure, such as population or GDP. The position of the bubbles is determined by the indicators selected for the horizontal and vertical axes. The time series used in Data Visualizer is a subset of 2009 World Development Indicators database. As of 4/20/2010, Data Visualizer contains 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007. Data includes social, economic, financial, information & technology, and environmental indicators. Check out the Data Visualizer
e-Atlas of Global Development, is a sophisticated online, interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank’s development database. The resulting full color maps and graphs can subsequently be exported for sharing and later use. Check out the e-Atlas of Global Development interactive tool.
We’ve mashed up Google Maps with World Bank data to give you a visual entry point to browse our projects, news, statistics and public information center by country. Check out geo.worldbank.org
Google Public Data Explorer is a new experimental product designed by Google allowing people to mash up data using line graphs, bar graphs, maps and bubble charts. The visualizations are dynamic, so you can watch them move over time, change topics, highlight different entries and change the scale. Once you have a chart ready, you can easily share it with friends or even embed it on your own website or blog. As of 4/20/2010, Data Explorer contains 58 World Development Indicators. Check out Google Public Data Explorer
Google Public Data Search allows users to perform English search queries for data on Google and instantly see numerical and graphical results. For example, if you search for “gdp of Indonesia”, you will see a thumbnail graph at the top of the search results page highlighting Bank data and linking to an interactive chart where you can compare the selected data with other countries around the world. You can also embed these charts in your own website or blog by clicking on the "Link" button in the upper right-hand corner of the chart page. As of 4/20/2010, Google search provides search results for 39 World Development Indicators. Search for data like this on Google
WITS is a trade software tool giving access to bilateral trade between countries based on various product classifications, product details, years, and trade flows. It also contains tariff and non-tariff measures as well as analysis tool to calculate effects of tariff reductions. In addition, users have access to two visualization tools. One using the data from the World Development Indicators database in the format of bubble charts and the second using data from the United Nations COMTRADE database in the format of maps.
To access the WITS system, go to wits.worldbank.org/wits.