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For the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, which collects and presents statistics on science, education and culture from a global perspective, Montréal, Québec–based data visualization studio FFunction created this microsite to give a snapshot of research and development (R&D) expenditure around the world. A single scrolling page makes up the site’s backbone, with a smooth transition between charts to reflect how global R&D spending looks in absolute terms by country as well as a percentage of the countries’ GDP. Visitors can search by eight different regions or by specific countries, to find statistics on how each country stacks in terms of financial and human resources. “We had to offer flexibility in the way people would approach the data,” says Audrée Lapierre, creative director at FFunction. “It needed to be a resource for journalists and policymakers from all over the world, so we couldn’t be too didactic about how we presented the data. Instead, we offered users a chance to find their own country and see how it compares with others.” The site has seen positive responses from both the design community and the science community; Amy Otchet, head of data outreach, advocacy and publishing at the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, adds: “In addition, the visualization has helped raise the profile of UIS among partners within UNESCO and among other international agencies and donors.”

uis.unesco.org/_LAYOUTS/UNESCO/research-and-development-spending

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