Wikiprogress Data Visualization Contest 2015 – Seeking A Better Life

Seeking A Better Life

Fidel Thomet
Seeking A Better Life

Entrant’s Description:
The most apparent reason to leave your home country is the search a better life. This visualization takes a look at what people say is most important to them in life and how this reflects in their choice for a new home. It thereby also raises the question how other aspects, like distance, language and immigration laws, affect the decision.
The visualisation consists of three parts. The map in the background allows to navigate through the visualisation and provides orientation. If a country is selected (either via the map or by selecting it in the drop-down menu), the main parts of the visualisation become visible. There is a donut chart displaying whereto emigrants of the selected country are moving (indicated by the size of the donut slice), as well as how those destination countries fit was people in the selected country say is most important to them. Inside the donut is another graph displaying for one the ranking of what topics are most important to people in the selected country, but also the actual Better Life Index scores of the destination countries. This allows the user to easily compare what matters most to people with the Better Life Index scores of the destination countries.
The visualisation is based on the OECD Better Life Index http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ (I scraped the scores from the statistics on this page: http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/australia/), the user data from “What matters most to people around the world?” http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/bli/ and the 2012 “Inflows of foreign population by nationality” table from the International Migration Database http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=MIG
As the available data on population inflows of varies between countries unavailable data is counted as zero immigrants. To calculate the match between what matters most to people and the Better Life Index scores, each BLI topic score is multiplied by how much the values on how much it matters. For better comparability the user data on “What matters most to people around the world?” was normalised.

From the Judges: The runner-up “Seeking a Better Life” provides an interesting juxtaposition of two data sets: what people say is most important to them in life (based on OECD Better Life Index responses) and how this reflects in their choice for a new home (based on data from the International Migration Database). The tool is slickly designed and based on an interesting proposition. On the flip side, the degree of detail is overwhelming at times and it is hard to see the “big picture”.


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