Mobile Phones and International Development

Mobile Phones and International Developement

The World Bank Open Data Project - A Data Visualization

A data visualization that explores available economic and infrastructure data offered by The World Bank's Open Data project.

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The Dataset

USING THE WORLD BANK OPEN DATA SET

Because of the complexity of the available, overlapping data in the World Bank’s Open Data Set, I used the platform to generate a custom dataset that would make it easy to compare internet and mobile phone usage across the world. After parsing through the data, I narrowed the available datasets down to small list of interesting areas of research, around digital access and micro and macro economic activities. I then assembled a dataset that identified technology start-ups across the world with keywords based on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The Hypothesis

So much data, so many questions

I brainstormed a long list of questions that data might be able to provide answers or insights for.

  • Does access to technology increase a country’s ability to produce goods and services?
  • Do free trade agreements lead to an increase in internet access or mobile phone usage?
  • What changes in governmental regulation of technology impact a businesses access to credit?

I settled on seeking answers to the question:

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"How does mobile phone access
impact business development
across the world?"

The Visualization

An interactive map brings the data to life

Using a cholopleth map, I assigned colors to each value range for the data set and mapped those colors to each country. I then assigned content modules to display the corresponding start-up business data.