Wikiprogress Data Visualization Contest 2015 – Getting Started

Getting Started

Who should participate in the contest?

Anybody who is interested in development, sustainability, policy, or well-being measurement should apply. We accept submissions from both amateurs and professionals. Even if you haven’t created data visualizations before, we encourage you to try!

Tips for Getting Started:

We want you to use numbers to tell a story about well-being in the world today. By well-being we mean anything that is important for people to have a happy, fulfilled and productive life. Well-being is broad and subjective and we don’t expect you to cover everything. Rather we are asking you to pick 1 or more themes to focus on as long as they relate to people’s current or future well-being (i.e. sustainability). Examples of these include: education, happiness, health, peace, poverty, work, environment or freedom, but the choice is up to you- as long as you can find reliable statistics to help you tell your story, then your imagination is the limit!

Getting Started

Well-being and sustainability are such broad topics that it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some suggestions to narrow things down and pick your topic.

”’Pick a country or state.”’ Look for different statistics that give a broad picture of people’s lives and well-being. See example:

Copyright: Office for National Statistics UK

”’Pick a theme”’ (such as poverty or health) and select statistics that help to give an insight into that topic in a country, or across a group of countries.
See, for example, the OECD Better Life Index or the UN Sustainable Development Goals for some inspiration of key topics related to well-being and sustainability.

”’Pick a group to focus”’ on (children or elderly) and find statistics that can help you to tell a story about well-being within that group or between different groups (e.g. by gender) Example:

Copyright: Landesa

”’Look for inspiring or interesting statistics”’ on the websites of projects that produce indicators (or indices) of well-being. Examples include: The Global Peace Index, The Global AgeWatch Index, and Environmental Performance Index. Many more can be found on Wikiprogress.

”’A Note on Economic Statistics and GDP”’
Economic growth is an essential driver of well-being. However, we are encouraging entrants to look ‘beyond GDP’ and other purely economic statistics as we want to tell stories about people’s lives and not the economy alone. However, if you want to include economic indicators (including GDP) as part of a broad story of well-being, that is OK.

”’What Format?”’
You can choose the format of the data viz or infographic entry, as long as the entry presents data (i.e. statistics) with a strong visual element, the sky’s the limit.

If you are new to data visualisation, we suggest that you focus on producing a static infographic that could view well as a poster or a 1-pager in a newspaper, combining numbers, text, and pictures to convey the facts about your chosen topic. If you have more experience with statistical analysis, design, or data viz, then you can choose a more complex visualization requiring more processing of the data and/or technical development, such as an interactive visualisation.