Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

UN Data Available

Robert Kosara, on EagerEyes, announces that "Data is being set free: the United Nations have started a new website called UN Data to share the data collected by a number of UN agencies."

He analyzes the interface, then adds:

I immediately thought, "this would be perfect in combination with Trendalyzer!" - and sure enough, this was not done by the UN alone, but together with gapminder. I'm sure they will be incorporating this as a data source soon, which should be interesting.

The Information Aesthetics blog also praises the new site.

Go to and try it for yourself. I typed in "infant mortality" (because of this project we're working on) and found the ability to customize a chart with the countries and years I wanted quite simple to use.

Check it out, and tell me what you think.


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