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Google’s Gapminder

What you see is a scatterplot where each bubble represents a country. The position of the bubble is determined by the indicators on the axes. The default indicators are income and life expectancy. The indicators can be changed by clicking on their names and selecting a new indicator from the list. The size of the bubble represents the population of the country. The color represents the country’s geographic region by default, but it can be changed to show indebtness or income group instead. To see what a certain color means, move the mouse over the colored boxes to the right of the chart.

The bubbles are interactive,
you can move the mouse over them to see their values on the axes, its population and color group name. The bubbles can be selected by clicking on them or on the country names in the list on the right. Deselect by clicking on them again or the Deselect All button. Selected bubbles will leave a trail after when animated over time.To see change over time, press Play or click or drag the time slider.

You can change view between the chart and map by clicking on the tabs at the top. To change the speed of the animation use the speed slider in the lower left corner. You can also change between linear and logarithmic scale by clicking on the buttons next to the indicator names.

Each change you make to the chart is reflected in the URL in the browser window.
That means that you can bookmark the page or copy/paste the URL into an email or blog entry at any time. When you click on the saved link the state is restored and you get the back the chart you bookmarked. You can also use the browser’s Back and Forward button to navigate or undo changes.

To view a part of the chart in more detail you can use the zoom functionality. By clicking the zoom in button you enter zoom in mode. You can now click-drag to select a chart area to zoom in on. To zoom out, click the zoom out button to enter zoom out mode, or the 100% button to zoom out to chart default data spans.

The visibility of deselected bubbles can be adjusted by moving the Show nonselected slider.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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