Challenge calls for creative visualizations of development data

WebThe final Millennium Development Goals Report was released earlier this summer presenting the latest data on the progress of these global development goals over the last 15 years. To explore the achievements made and to dive deeper into the wealth of MDG data, the #WSD2015 Data Visualization Challenge competition has been launched by UN DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with Unite Ideas. Deadline for submissions is 20 September.

Taking place in the lead up to the upcoming celebration later this fall around World Statistics Day 2015, the contest invites students, data scientists, data journalists, graphic designers, and the public at large to put their data analysis and visualization skills to the test and contribute to answer relevant development policy questions by building an infographic or dynamic visualization, featuring the latest data from the 2015 MDG report.

Participants have a unique opportunity to delve into the latest MDG database, combing through development statistics data that have been the cornerstone of the development agenda over the last 15 years, to create visualizations and directly answer pressing policy questions.

The winner of the #WSD2015 Data Visualisation Challenge will be announced and showcased during World Statistics Day 2015, on 20 October. A selection of the best visualizations will also be showcased on the websites of UN DESA’s Statistics Division, Unite Ideas and related platforms worldwide.

The #WSD2015 Data Visualisation Challenge reflects UN DESA’s continued support to World Statistics Day under the guidance of the UN Statistical Commission, following the General Assembly’s invitation to Member States, members of specialized agencies, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society to observe the day.

This second World Statistics Day was officially adopted by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 3 June 2015. This year, the day will be celebrated under the theme “Better data. Better lives.” The #WSD2015 Data Visualization Challenge allows everyone the chance to actively participate in this historic statistics celebration and showcase creative and unique visualizations featuring the latest development data.

Sound analysis and effective communication of high-quality data are an indispensable basis for informed policy making and for monitoring development efforts at all levels. As the world comes closer to the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, everyone can help make this historic World Statistics Day 2015 a success by contributing their knowledge and skills to make the best possible use of data and statistics to inform the creation and monitoring policies for sustainable development.

For more information: #WSD2015 Data Visualization Challenge