Google acquires Gapminder- great when can i have it for creating client presentations?
"Make sense of the world by having fun with statistics" the Gapminder site tells us- ok i am in and want to have some fun.
I just watched the TED 2006 presentation by Hans Rosling founder of Gapminer and could imagine the Google people in the audience thinking hey- how do we get this on board with our strategy. During the presentation Rosling uses the Gapminder software to present the developing world including interesting data on an economic, heath and political perspective- all great but it is the visualization tools that is driving the presentation and that is why Google just snapped them up.
During the video Rosling calls for the end of boring statics- alleluia! and for linking data to design- double alleluia!!
Rosling sees a lot happening in data in the next few years- yes thanks to this Google acquisition i see it also- taking the data visualization tools and delivering it to the end user not power users- just like what they did to the search industry.
In the video he says that students and policy makers get very excited when they see the promise of data visualization? hey you know what, i am very excited about a potential tool that as a corporate user i can use to tell a story.
So what i would like to know?
- How hard is it to create these visualizations? do they even know how long i spend doing slide decks to not even get to 1% of the powerful story Rosling is presenting in this video. Oh wait- wasn't there some recent buzz about a Google PowerPoint Clone coming soon?
Marisa Mayer says more information will be made available soon. (On a aside-i will be at BlogHer next week and hope to finally meet her).