09/01/2013 - The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge.
The challenge, conducted in concert with Visualizing.org, was launched in September 2012 to solicit visualisations based on the OECD’s data-rich Education at a Glance report. Entries from around the world focused on data related to the economic costs and return on investment in education — both for the individual and for society. Winners Krisztina Szucs and Mate Cziner from Hungary were chosen for successfully breaking down the complex interplay between costs and returns into a form that is easy to compare.[please see below]. Their entry takes a detailed look at public vs. private and men vs. women for selected countries, which can be changed.
The judges were particularly impressed by the angled slope format of the visualisation, which encourages comparison between the upper-secondary and tertiary benefits of education. Szucs and Cziner were also lauded for their striking visual design, which draws users into exploring their piece.
The winner will receive $2500 and will be invited to attend this year’s OECD Forum, taking place in Paris in the last week of May.
The judges also awarded an honorable mention to That’s Edu, by Carlo Zapponi, for its friendly design and intuitive interface.
The importance of education is little disputed, but really understanding the complex interplay between education and society is exceedingly difficult. As part of its commitment to promoting policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, the OECD publishes a wide-range of statistics and indicators on educational systems and learning outcomes. By looking at data across the 34 OECD countries, as well as selected non-member countries, comparative analysis can reveal trends and insights crucial to shaping policy and improving well-being through education.
About the OECD:
The OECD is the global economic policy forum. It provides analysis and advice to its 34 member governments and other countries worldwide, promoting better policies for better lives.
Visualizing.org helps make data visualisations more accessible to the general public; promotes information and literacy through the creation, sharing and discussion of data visualisations; and provides unique resources to help simplify complex issues through design.