Monthly Archives: March 2010

Visualizing the Trends in Climate Change Search Queries


The infographic Video “Climate Change Visualized” analyses how often and when people type in certain ecologic-buzzwords into Google search. Even spatial patterns are visualised in a map time series. See the video below. The animation is derived from trending data retrieved from Google Insights.

More interesting data visualisations can be found at information aesthetics.

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Equal Pay Day


Today is Equal Pay Day, a special day of action to point to the Gender Pay Gap. The following map shows the situation in Europe in 2008. Visualised are the employment rate for women and the Gender Pay Gap. There are remarkable differences between the European countries, however a pattern can hardly be identified. Striking is the high employment rate for women in the scandinavian countries. Considering the depicted countries Norway is leading with 75.4%. In Iceland it is 79.6% but recent data about the Gender Pay Gap is missing here. In contrast Malta has an employment rate for women below 40%.  The smallest Gender Pay Gap is found in Italy (4.9%), the largest in Estonia (30.3%).

The unadjusted Gender Pay Gap represents the difference between average gross hourly earnings of male paid employees and of female paid employees as a percentage of average gross hourly earnings of male paid employees. The population consists of all paid employees in enterprises with 10 employees or more (Eurostat).

The employment rate for women is calculated by dividing the number of female persons aged 15 to 64 in employment by the total female population of the same age group. The indicator is based on the EU Labour Force Survey. The survey covers the entire population living in private households and excludes those in collective households such as boarding houses, halls of residence and hospitals (Eurostat).

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Results of regional elections in France


The newspaper Le Figaro shows an interactive map of the results of the regional elections in France. Looks pretty much like a kick in the a** for Sarkozy’s party.

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European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion


The European Union is one of the richest areas in the world, but still 17% of EU citizens have such limited resources that they cannot afford the basics.

2010 is declared the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. How come? Is there really poverty in Europe? – That actually depends on how one defines poverty. Generally one distinguishes between absolute and relative poverty. Absolute poverty is widely common in many third-world countries while relative poverty is existent in every country. The latter term is often used for people whose income is less than 60% of the the median equivalised income. One gets the median by sorting all incomes of the sample population from lowest to highest and pick the middle value (or the mean of the two middle values in case of an even number of samples).

Time to look at the data and see what the situation looks like. I will use this occasion to present various maps linked with this topic throughout the year.

The map below investigates the share of the population that is at risk of poverty. Additonally the absolute threshold in Euro is displayed for each contry with proportional symbols that are coloured according to the Gini index which expresses the income inequality in a country. A value of zero would represent complete equality while a value of 100 would mean all the existent income is in the hand of 1 person while the others have nothing.

An interesting publication from the European Commission covering the whole subject can be found here.

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