17/5/2012

Video: The joy of stats with Hans Rosling

 

Prof. Hans Rosling is one of the most brilliant minds of our times. In 2005 he founded the Gapminder Foundation together with his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Rönnlund with the aim of "fighting the most devastating myths by building a fact-based world view that everyone understands." The work done by the foundation is invaluable as inspiration for data journalism.

In this very entertaining one-hour documentary Hans Rosling explains the civic, scientific, cultural and social value of statistics and stresses out the importance of being able to communicate them in plain language. Shall this basic rule fail, visualisations and data studies would lose all their potential to make a valuable contribution to society.

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