A more visual world data portal

Jul 24, 2014

One of the most annoying parts of downloading data from large portals is that you never quite know what you’re gonna get. It’s a box of chocolates. It’s government data sites. It’s lists of datasets with vague or unhelpful titles with links to download. Of course, I’d rather have a hodgepodge than nothing at all, but as with most things, there’s room for improvement.

The OECD, which maintains and provides data on the country level, takes steps towards a more helpful portal that makes data grabs less of a headache. With the help of Raureif, 9elements, and Moritz Stefaner, the new portal is still in beta, but there’s plenty to like.

A chart or map accompanies each dataset, so that you can quickly gain a sense of what’s there. Interested in looking at the data on your own computer? There’s a convenient and obvious button to download the data.

You can also embed the charts on your site if that’s your thing:

The charts load quickly and are responsive, meaning they work on various devices that are not your computer. Even the small charts are interactive.

Good stuff. Take a look.

See also the World Bank data browser which went the visual route in 2010. Although, I don’t think it’s been updated much since.

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