StatPlanet is a free application for creating thematic maps and graphs. The aim of StatPlanet is to promote evidence-based decision making by improving and facilitating the communication and interpretation of information. It enables users to explore demographic, education, environment, health and socio-economic indicators from various sources including the datasets compiled by the Circumpolar Health Observatory.
StatPlanet does this by providing:
- attractive interactive visualizations which facilitate the interpretation of information,
- a user friendly interface that is accessible also to non-technical users,
- automated data visualization (including the processes of merging and synchronizing data from different sources), and
- an easy to disseminate software system which can enable anyone to explore and create data visualizations – regardless of technical skills, availability of Internet connectivity, and computer hardware or software.
StatPlanet was conceptualized and is being developed by Frank van Cappelle since 2005. Since 2008, the development of a tailored version of StatPlanet is being undertaken as part of the SACMEQ research programme at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). For more details, please contact Frank van Cappelle who can also be found via twitter.