Google, ITU bring global tech data to life
SOFTWAREBy BiztechAfrica - Aug. 10, 2012, 7:18 a.m.
ITU’s highly regarded global ICT statistics are now available through the Google Public Data Explorer (PDE).
With Google PDE, users can now explore and visualize ITU’s key ICT statistical indicators from 1960 to 2011 (where data exists) for about 200 economies worldwide. Key indicators include fixed telephone, mobile cellular, fixed (wired) Internet, fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions and penetration, as well as the percentage of individuals using the Internet.
ITU statistics are widely recognised as the world’s most reliable and impartial global data on the state of the global ICT industry. They are used extensively by leading intergovernmental agencies, financial institutions and private sector analysts worldwide.
The Google Public Data Explorer platform enables quick search of statistics, and helps users quickly interpret data and statistics through rich visualizations. Using PDE, users can ‘mash up’ data using line graphs, bar graphs, maps and bubble charts. Visualizations are dynamic, allowing users to track trends over time. In addition, charts can easily be shared with friends or even embedded on a website or a blog.
“Teaming up with Google Public Data Explorer will greatly expand the reach and usability of ITU’s ICT statistics, making them more accessible and allowing users to explore and visualize ITU’s rich datasets,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. “For the first time, even non-experts will be able to quickly and easily create compelling charts and trends analysis that will enhance their work, and will also benefit others working to further develop the ICT sector worldwide.”
As an example, using Google Public Data Explorer, a user could quickly find out that mobile cellular subscriptions reached almost 6 billion by end 2011 and visualize how this trend has developed over time, as well as in different countries around the world; or compare internet penetration across countries; or learn that 30 million fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions were added in China in 2011 (accounting for about half of total subscriptions added worldwide).
MORE SOFTWARE NEWS
Gartner: Beware of the Data Lake fallacyThe growing hype surrounding data lakes is causing substantial confusion in the information management space, says Gartner. Read More
VMware reports second quarter 2014 resultsVMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. Read More
New Sage ERP X3 version puts business information at your fingertipsSage ERP Africa has announced the availability of Sage ERP X3 version 7, the latest version of its global business management solution for midsized companies. Read More
Lagos: Oracle partnership addresses skills shortageThe Lagos State government said it partnered with technology giant Oracle Corporation to address a dearth of ICT skills. Read More
Marval Africa appoints CEO to bolster growthMarval South Africa, a specialist provider of Service Management (SM) solutions, education and consultancy, has announced the appointment of David Anderson as Chief Executive Officer. Read More
Is VUCA the answer to a rapidly changing global market?The VUCA concept is very helpful in closing the gaps between business and IT, says SAP Africa. Read More
SA Mint enhances SAP with Decision Inc.Decision Inc., a SAP BusinessObjects partner, has assisted the SA Mint Company in developing a data warehouse with analytics and reporting capabilities that integrates with its existing SAP environment. Read More
SAP Fiori apps rapid-deployment solutions quickly enable world-class user experienceSAP Africa has announced four new user experience (UX) rapid-deployment solutions that enable businesses to adopt the latest user UX innovations from SAP, including SAP® Fiori® and SAP Screen Personas software. Read More
Huge opportunities for African software developersEnterprises across the continent are in desperate need of good software developers, says Petr Havlik, Managing Director of SA-based CyberPro Consulting. Read More
VMware expands validated vertical solutions across multiple industriesEducation, financial services, healthcare, government and manufacturing sectors will benefit from specialised offerings of VMware Horizon to address their needs. Read More
FEATURED STORYWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern
Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.