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About worldshapin

worldshapin helps to study the interdependence of Health, Carbon footprint, Workplace equality, Living standard, Population and Education across the world through the last three decades. It also compares countries with the world, continents and other countries on the mentioned indicators, helping to understand how these factors accelerate or decelerate a country and the world in accordance with the time.

To highlight the relationship between human development and sustainability, worldshapin extends the Human Development Index with three more indicators, making a total of six indicators to study their relationships on three axes:

  • total population vs total carbon footprint
  • education vs work place equality between men and women
  • living standards vs health

World, continents and countries get their unique shapes through the timeline based on how low or high they fare on the six indicators.

worldshapin is a tool to visualize the interplay between sustainability and human development. It forms a unique picture of the world through shapes which are easy to understand and interesting and unique to look at.

The data used in this project are taken from the Human Development Report 2011 published by the United Nations Development Program that presents the Human Development Index and all its indicators.

About the Human Development Report

The Human Development Report (HDR) is an annual milestone publication by the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This year's HDR, Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All, focuses on a critical element of the development picture: the interplay between sustainability and inequality.

worldshapin uses the Human Development Index (HDI) as its foundations. The HDI is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of human development, through comparing measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide.

The HDI is a standard means of measuring well-being, especially child welfare. It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, a developing or an under-developed country, and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life.

The human development data utilized in the preparation of the HDI and other composite indices featured in the Human Development Report are provided by a variety of public international sources and represent the best and most current statistics available for those indicators at the time of the preparation of this annual report.

Know more about the HDR on the Human Development Report web site.