Data Visualization Global Trade

Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Mapping $15 Trillion of World Trade

Two data visualization fellows at Harvard University have created an interactive data visualization called the Globe of Economic Complexity which maps the world’s intricate web of exports. The visualization uses data compiled by Harvard University’s Center for International Development on the $15.3 trillion in global exports in 2012 to display which countries produce various goods, as well as where these countries export their goods to. The color-coding of export categories allows users to easily interpret the strength and diversity of various national economies. For example, Algeria shows a fair amount of economic activity, but it is nearly all related to oil production, whereas France exports large amounts of goods across a wide variety of sectors.

Take a look.

About the Author

Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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