[Completed] #WSD2015 Data Visualization Challenge



As part of the celebration around the World Statistics Day 2015, and following the launch of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report, the United Nations Statistics Division is excited to announce the #WSD2015 Data Visualization Challenge competition.


We Challenge You to:

Use your creativity and imagination to build an infographic or dynamic visualization featuring the latest data from the 2015 MDG report.

The winner solution will be announced on 20 October 2015 - World Statistics Day 2015! The best visualizations received will be showcased on the UNSD website, on the unite website, and at related platforms worldwide.


What is the task?

Visualize the MDG data answering a development policy question, such as:

● What are the interlinkages, synergies and tradeoffs between different targets? For instance, does achieving certain targets increase or decrease the likelihood of achieving other targets?

● What is the relationship of different types of official development assistance (ODA) to the achievement of different MDG targets?

● What characteristics of least developing countries were most relevant to explain the achievement of development goals and targets?

These research questions are only an example; you may come up with your own questions to put your analytical and data visualization skills to the test. 


The final submissions must cover the following materials:

● A web link (url) to a working (live) demo

● Original code, data files and other electronic files hosted in a public repository

● A PDF document describing your project, which should include:

◦ Abstract: A brief summary of the project, with a maximum of 120 words.

◦ Problem and Motivation: A description of the problem you have addressed, explaining the why is it relevant, what are the main variables involved, and what development policy questions you intend to address.

◦ Approaches: Describe the approaches used for examining and analyzing the data.

◦ Tools Utilized: Describe which technologies you leveraged during your project.

◦ Results: Describe how the results of your work may contribute to improve the use of data for development.



The project should make use of the indicators from the MDG database which can be accessed from here. A tab delimitated downloadable file is also available in the resource section on your right. A comprehensive metadata repository for the MDG dataset is available under this link.

In addition to MDG database, participants are encouraged to use other international sources of official statistics to enhance their analysis (e.g., any series available in UN Data, World Bank Development Indicators, etc.


Submission Guidelines: 


Who can participate?

● This challenge is open to the general public. We welcome the participation of students, data scientists, data journalists, and graphic designers.

● Teams of up to three people can submit by acknowledging all contributors under the “description” field on the submissions form.

● Participants can submit as many times as they’d like. However, only the last submission will be taken into consideration.


Review Process: 


All solutions will be reviewed by a Committee of the #WSD2015 Data Challenge. Only original work will be accepted and judged following these criteria:

● Alignment with challenge objectives

● Sound data analysis and accuracy of results

● Originality

● Relevance

● Quality and organization of documentation presented

The best solutions will be showcased on the UNSD website, this website and at related platforms worldwide. Winners will be announced on 20 October 2015 as part of the celebration of the World Statistics Day 2015.


Solution Terms & Conditions: 
When you submit a solution to this challenge you agree to license it as follows:

Infographics and databases are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Read the full text of the license here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

Software (e.g. dynamic visualizations) is licensed under a GNU General Public License Version 3 as published by the Free Software Foundation here: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html

You represent and warrant that you have all necessary rights, licenses, and permissions to grant the above license and that the content submitted by you and the submission of such content, do not and will not violate any intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyrights and trademark rights) of any third party.

Submission Deadline: 
Sun. Sep. 20/15
Challenge Status: 
Challenger Organization: 
United Nations Statistics Division, UNDESA

The Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. We compile and disseminate global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. We facilitate the coordination of international statistical activities and support the functioning of the United Nations Statistical Commission as the apex entity of the global statistical system.

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