Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute and director of the Gapminder Foundation, gained quite a bit of acclaim on TED for his “Gapminder” Visualization Technique. He just released this video comparing lifespan to per capita income for over 200 countries.
According to the Economist, the amount of global information increases 10-fold every five years. The business of information management / analytics is growing at an accelerating clip (10% annual growth with a market size of $100 billion). The development of visualization techniques such as Gapminder will be critical in interpreting the ever-expanding amount of information.
Indeed, the Economist predicts those that able to make sense of information–distilling data to knowledge– will have a distinct competitive advantage over their peers.
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