United (with Google) Nations

An alliance between Google and the UN enables anyone with internet access to create charts to illustrate information on the world’s development.


Human Development Indicators (HDIs) are no longer limited to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) website. As of yesterday, Google’s ‘public data explorer’ will now feature the latest HDI figures and direct links to the Human Development Report (HDR) database, described by Jeni Klugman, the director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report office as bringing ‘the HDI graphically to life’.

The Public Data Explorer is now available throughout the world, providing key HDIs for all countries, as well as newer indices like the inequality-adjusted HDI, the Gender Inequality Index and the Multidimensional Poverty Index.

The tool enables you to create charts and maps, comparing any countries you wish and then having the option to e-mail your creations to friends. The option is also given to embed the tool on third party sites.

Google is doing what Google does best: creating greater global access to information, and in this case, it’s definitely something that can only be viewed positively. Have a gander if you’re interested in human development…or if you just like pretty graphs!


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