INET Post-doc/Researcher Talks: Max Roser

Past Event

07 May 2015, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

INET Oxford Lecture Theatre
Eagle House, Walton Well Road, Oxford, OX2 6ED

This talk is run by The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Speaker: Max Roser

OurWorldInData – An INET based online publication presenting empirical evidence on how the world is changing over the long run. How to make use of today’s technology to present research?

Come along if you're interested in answers to either of these two questions:

1 – How did living conditions change around the world over the course of the last decades and centuries?

2 – How can we use the technological possibilities of the 21st century to present research?

What will the seminar be about?

David Hendry and Max Roser received a grant from the Nuffield Foundation in London that will allow them to expand the web publication over the coming months. They've hired research assistantsto work on both the content and the web framework of the publication.

In the seminar Max would like to discuss with you the ideas for expanding the web publication. He would like to show the current state of the project and present some of the content of the online publication – he’ll present some visualisations to show how poverty, violence and war, political freedom, health, food provision, and education have changed over the last centuries.

Then he will go on to present the ideas for the future of this web publication and is very interested in your ideas for how to present research today. Much of the current way of presenting our research would have been possible on the day after Gutenberg invented his printing press; how should we change our way of publishing research with the possibilities that the internet offers?

What is OurWorldInData is a web publication that tells the social, economic, and environmental history of our world up to the present day – based on empirical data and visualized in interactive graphs and maps. The web publication shows how living standards around the world have changed and covers a wide range of topics: Trends in health, food provision, the growth and distribution of incomes, violence, rights, wars, energy use, education, environmental changes and many other aspects are empirically analysed and visualized in this freely available web publication.

For each topic the quality of the data is discussed and, by pointing the visitor to the sources, this website is also a database of databases and can serve as a starting point for your own empirical research. Covering all of these aspects in one resource makes it possible to understand how the observed long-run trends are interlinked.