"Explaining population growth requires simplification, but not oversimplification. In this TED video, Hans Rosling explains why ending poverty – over the coming decades – is crucial to stop population growth. Only by raising the living standards of the poorest, in an environmentally-friendly way, will population growth stop at 9 billion people in 2050."
Planet Money, a radio show on NPR, talks a lot about statistics. Graphs don't work out so well on the radio, however, so in this experiment the show tried converting data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index to musical notes. They then recruited Julliard baritone Timothy McDevitt to sing them.
"This Gallery of Data Visualization displays some examples of the Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics, with the view that the contrast may be useful, inform current practice, and provide some pointers to both historical and current work. We go from what is arguably the best statistical graphic ever drawn, to the current record-holder for the worst."
Good data visualisation can help users explore and understand the patterns and trends in data, and also communicate that understanding to others to help them make robust decisions based on the data being presented. This site supports public sector researchers improve the way that they visualise data, by providing good practice examples and case studies, practical and step-by-step guides on how to visualise data, and links to more detailed resources.
"Visualization is the perfect technique for sifting through multi-dimensional data to spot trends and aberrations or slice and dice data with simple point-and-click methods. If you are looking for a way to visually explore and present data that standard office charting software cannot handle, Visualize Free is for you."