Using the recently released WIDE (World Inequality Database on Education) is part of a UN initiative called education for all. This is an example of a visualization Mean years of education using the tool:
It’s also possible to view multiple indicators for a country, for example, Dominican Republic:
Some high level thoughts:
As data visualization, does it work? My standard for an infographic is to present a lot of data in a clear, understandible, intuitive way that is also accurate. I think the infographic could be more intuitive if it included a scale and not just the endpoints. The various colored circles are add complexity and also are not readable as discrete datapoints, so give an odd blending.
As accurately showing data? There are a lot of biases in the scales picked and it seems more like advocacy than explaining truth. Compared to the advocacy mappling like Michael Kidron’s Atlas of the World which is blunt and simple in its advocacy, this is difficult to understand the key points and what it is trying to say. The graphics are facile, but don’t really present clearly and objectively what they mean.
And the data underlying it? It seems like they have picked a variety of years and sources; it’s unclear if it is “data meatloaf” made of mystery ingredients or well organized datasets that feed the graphs.
Overall an interesting effort, but the graphics fail to summarize a large volume of data and the lack of clarity of data sources undermine this. The interactivity as a web graphic is good, as is the ability to export and share.