Visualization of the Week: Visualizing marginalization

A look at the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) interactive visualization tool.

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report team launched a new visualization tool this week, the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE).

This is far more than a typical visualization that presents information in an interesting way. WIDE is an interactive website that lets users mine and explore the data themselves.

The about page on the WIDE website explains that the tool pulls together education data from more than 60 countries. Users can compare education levels and availability between countries and groups, and results can narrow down to parameters such as gender, ethnicity, location and wealth. The data is freely available and can be downloaded in an Excel spreadsheet. Charts, tables or maps created by users can also be shared.

The following screenshot shows an example of the data explored through specific indicators — in this case, populations living in extreme education poverty:

See the full version of this visualization.

Mousing over the data points displays a percentage and reveals an “explore” button for that country; clicking on that button reveals all disparity data under the chosen indicator for that particular country. The column on the right shows the available filters for drilling into the data.

Hat tip: Ami Sedghi looked at the WIDE visualization tool over at The Guardian’s Data Blog.

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