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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Monday, November 3, 2008

So Many A Second

There's an ingenious data visualization effort to be found at So Many A Second. To understrand their description of the software, it helps to know that "mondial" means global or worlwide.

"so_many_a_second is a visualizer that shows mondial statistics on a human scale.
Depicting the ongoing stream of events, this application tries to get the user in touch with the emotional actuality of these objective data."

Translated, this means that data that we can put in some sort of timeframe or frequency, like "4.2 babies are born every second," turns into a rainshower of infants falling at -- you guessed it -- 4.2 infants per second.

It's really a fun tool that does give you a real sense of the data on a more visceral level than a static picture or graph might. Take a look and play with it -- they let you add your own data, though the choice of graphics isn't very large yet.

Data sets come from Worldometers, which we've talked about before.

Take a look! And keep those ideas coming.

(Hat tip:


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