Max Roser’s ever-changing world
- Published: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:53
- Written by University of Oxford
You might well have heard of Our World in Data already. In June 2014, Dr Max Roser made this ground-breaking publication available online, having worked on it since 2011. Initially hosted by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the Department of Economics, the project is now a free-to-use open resource under the aegis of the Oxford Martin School, mapping the ever-shifting story of civilization.
In Max’s own words “Our World in Data is an online publication that shows how living conditions around the world are changing. It communicates this empirical knowledge through interactive data visualisations (charts and maps) and by presenting the research findings on global development which explain what drives the changes that we see and what the consequences of these changes are.” Topics such as trends in health, food provision, growth and distribution of incomes, violence, rights, wars, culture, energy use, education, and environmental changes are scrutinised and empirically analysed and then presented to an audience of interested readers, journalists, academics and policy makers in an appealing visual style, allowing them to easily grasp how the observed long-term trends are interlinked.
It is not surprising that Max’s efforts have attracted attention. Not only was Our World in Data visited by more than 2.5 million viewers and his graphics used in over 300 articles worldwide, but Max himself has received a number of invitations to speak at prestigious conferences. This is where he was able to rely on the Consulting Services provided by Oxford University Innovation (OUI). In the last 18 months, the team has supported Max with contractual and administrative arrangements on a number of occasions – for example, his presentation at a prestigious O’Reilly’s “Next: Economy – What’s the Future of Work” conference in San Francisco. OUI also assisted with the more practical arrangements of Max’s collaboration with Gapminder for the data used in an hour-long BBC documentary on global poverty, featuring Hans Rosling.
About Dr Max Roser
For me, the collaboration with OUI is one of the aspects in which the University of Oxford is most helpful for my work. OUI helped to organise consultancy work, to facilitate collaboration with research institutes abroad, and with speaking engagements. The Consulting Services team have a lot of experience, which I could rely on for advice. I also appreciate how they get things done: from the first email about a new project to the final agreement and paperwork, things can move very rapidly and there is never a risk that important aspects are not thoroughly taken care of. I have often recommended to colleagues that they should collaborate with OUI and will continue to do so. And of course I’m looking forward to working with OUI in the future!
- Dr Max Roser, Project Director, Our World in Data, Oxford Martin School
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Bournemouth University’s Orthopaedic Research Institute works with health organisations, businesses and researchers to improve orthopaedic practice and care.
Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Aston University, reflects on the changing dynamic between provider, employer and learner.
Delivered by Aston Business School, the TRAN-SIP project focuses on transforming SMEs to improve their revenues through the adoption of advanced services.
City’s Social Enterprise Festival was a public platform focused on making an impact through innovative workshops, debates and competitions.
Simeon Djankov, Executive Director of the Financial Markets Group at LSE, discusses the goals and observations made through LSE’s collaboration with Swiss Re.
As the internet continues to grow rapidly, guaranteeing our security online becomes more and more critical.
Graded ‘outstanding’ by Innovate UK, the KTP has supported the University’s longer term strategic partnership with Panalpina.
University spin-out, Medherant, is developing the world’s first ibuprofen pain relief patch, based on research conducted at the University of Warwick.
Famouth University's LAUNCHPAD is a new way of incubating high growth Tech start-ups that completely reverses the way business and universities work together.
Imagine an offshore energy field that is operated, inspected and maintained from the shore, is completely future-proof and will add £6bn to the UK’s economy...
Nestled in the heart of London’s Tech City, IDEALondon is an innovation centre with a difference...
Loughborough University, HLP Architects and BRE Group work together to develop new "dementia-friendly" home.
The 3M BIC in Huddersfield has made a substantial impact on the growth of many local and regional businesses, focusing on the needs of SMEs.
This KTP will introduce elements of artificial intelligence, drawing on Aston's expertise in computational intelligence and machine learning.
The collaboration highlights how the University of Aberdeen is actively collaborating with local SMEs to develop new relationships.
Deloitte’s latest Power Up: UK skills report examines the opportunities for employers, educators and policymakers of recognising transferable skills.
Sir Martin Wood founded Oxford Instruments in 1959 as a spin-out company to manufacture superconducting magnets for research. See what they're working on today.
Thales and University of Bristol enter new phase of strategic engagement.
A humanoid robot learning about how to play from a young child, has won a top UK science photography award
Robust, tangible and productive collaborations that are having a direct impact on the way business operates.
The Business Engagement team has brought the project at the heart of the University of Birmingham’s strategic relationship with Twycross Zoo to life.
The paradigms of what the industry thought it knew has shifted on its axis, creating a world where start-ups have reshaped the marketplace.
Loughborough University has launched a free toolkit to help entrepreneurs understand their customers’ needs – and boost their business success.
Digital and physical environments to be interwoven, with intent-based networking at University of Northampton's new Waterside campus
BISPA, Loughborough University’s dedicated training centre supports innovation in BIM.
The overall objective of the programme, which is implemented jointly by a number of organisations, is to enhance the capacities of Georgian authorities.
In June 2014, Dr Max Roser made this ground-breaking publication available online, having worked on it since 2011.
This long-standing relationship has not only benefited the NAO, but has indirectly contributed to saving taxpayers’ money.
bildr, a mobile phone app, is a product created by the Frameworks project that helps Oxford graduate students and staff track how their career is developing.
The Oxford-Man Institute, founded in 2007 as an innovative collaboration between the University of Oxford and Man Group, to become part of the Department of Engineering Science focused on machine learning
Deriving insights from huge chunks of data has come on at quite apace in recent years, with projects able to detect everything from oil prices to terrorist threats by wading through big data.