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.

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) understands indicators and community change, with more than 25 years of producing the annual Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region, and two decades of helping other communities develop their own sustainable indicators projects. JCCI consultants give you the information you need to measure progress, identify priorities for action, and assess results.

I'd like to talk with you personally about how we can help. E-mail me at
ben@jcci.org, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Show World: Animated Statistics

Wow! I've got a new favorite interactive data display website, and it's Show World. Check out this display of the size of the aging population -- click on it once to see the animation, or double-click to see it full-sized:

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Or this one, showing the number of pigs raised per country:
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Over half of the pigs raised in the world live in China!

A number of indicators are available, under People (including demographics, education, health), Planet (environment, energy, crops, minerals, animal husbandry), Business (economy, technology, transport, industry, and global brands -- want to know who has the most IKEA stores?), Politics (law & order, war & conflict, migration, government), and Living (food and dining, travel, sports, and media). There's even a secion called "Your Maps" with user-generated content.

What I really like is the further reading suggestion -- the topic displays, the animation resizes the countries to represent the actual and proportionate data, and when your attention is piqued, there's a resource available for you to follow up.

I really want this resource available on a county or neighborhood level. The challenge with data is to convince the user/reader/customer/citizen/public official to bite. Something that attracts the interest and overcomes the initial reluctance to see meaning in numbers. Once the hook is set, then they can become real fans of data-driven decision-making -- but they have to want to try it first.

This technology helps do that. And mixing the serious and the flippant helps engage people, in my opinion.

From their site: SHOW® is an online informational tool launched in May 2008 by Mapping Worlds. The website offers users a new way to look at the world by resizing countries on the map according to a series of global issues.


Check it out and let me know what you think!

(Hat tip: information aesthetics)

1 comment:

  1. If you like SHOW World, you'll love our new site, SHOW USA. We have hundreds of data sets about the 50 states, with more to come.

    http://show.mappingworlds.com/usa

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