Human Development Indicators now on Google's Data Explorer

17 May 2011

United Nations — Vital international development information is now available on Google via its Public Data Explorer - providing access to key data from 21 years worth of research, including the Human Development Index.

“Making this information more accessible through Google gives Internet users everywhere a compelling new way to see the trends and patterns in human development today and over time,” said Jeni Klugman, director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report office. “This brings the HDI graphically to life.”

The HDI contains extensive data on national and global development performance in crucial areas such as health, education and income.

The Public Data Explorer, available online throughout the world in Google Labs, now enables anyone with internet access to simply and easily view a wide range of international development statistics.

It then allows them to graph and contrast different sets of figures on countries’ development progress, and share personally created charts and maps by email.

As well as the HDI, the Public Data Explorer also includes other vital development indices including the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, the Gender Inequality Index, and the Multidimensional Poverty Index – representing all of the most recent statistics available on key human development indicators.

This collaboration between UNDP and Google is intended to broaden international support for a people-centred rather than purely economic approach to development, whereby schooling or life expectancy are considered as important a measure of national achievement as income growth.

VISIT http://hdr.undp.org to learn more about the 2010 Human Development Report, human development indicators and its new interactive data tools, including a build-your-own-index feature. The website includes statistical profiles of all 192 United Nations member-states and free downloads of global, regional, and national Human Development Reports since 1990.