Get most out of data with apps on Knoema platform

Did you actually know that Knoema let you not only use existing applications, but develop your own custom data-driven apps without even having special developer skills? It may sound incredibly to many of you, but that's true.

We made our apps available in a separate section on Knoema home page. All these apps are pretty easy to use and provide the access to valuable information just in couple of clicks.

And just to give you a clear vision what kinds of app you can develop using platform features we prepared a short review of our best ones.

The Global Information & Communication Technology Navigator

ICTN is an online analytical tool with the most detailed IT and Communication spending data ever assembled.

The dataset includes 13 years of history and 5 years of forecast data across 75 countries and 90 industries.

You can use this tool free of charge, though if you need more current data, longer history, forecasts, or more detailed spending categories, you can contact us using sign up button and we'll provide you with the pricing.


World Reserves of Fossil Fuels

BP's "Statistical Review of World Energy" published in mid 2013 says that the world has in reserves 861 billion tonnes of coal, 187 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 1669 billion barrels of crude oil.

These numbers seems to be huge at a glance, but taking into account today's level of extraction proved reserves of coal will be exhausted in 109 years. The last cubic meter of natural gas will be extracted in 2068. And by 2065 there will be no reserves of crude oil.

Data viz gadget upgrades

Data visualization has an amazing ability to make the complex simple. And as soon as we provide all users, both regular and professional, with the platform for data visualization, we believe the data viz gadget itself shouldn't be complicated but highly visual, simple and easy-to-use. 

So today we invite you to have a look at our redesigned chart appearance tab and try to use it in your data viz practice.

1. Reducing the number of dropdown menus

As you might see at first sight we replaced almost all the dropdown menus with the icons. Now you can easily select the required background type, chart type, legends, markers and gridlines by selecting an icon. And as soon as you put cursor over the icon, you'll see a tooltip defining what kind of option it exactly is.

World International Reserves: leaders and outsiders

International reserves are financial resources, usually in the form of funds, that are held in reserve and can be passed between the central banks of different countries with relative ease. Typically, international reserves are in the form of a specific currency, but may also take the form of some type of precious metal such as gold.

As for 2012 China has closed up to 30% of World International Reserves and has continued to head the list like for the past 6 years. In 2007 China surpassed Japan that had been leading since 1993.

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Since 2003 until now Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) considers about 1000 universities all over the world in order to build ranking of 500 ones with the highest performance in academic and research fields. 

Its methodology implies assessing institutions by 6 indicators including alumni (Score on Alumni) and staff (Score on Award) winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers (Score on HiCi), papers published in Nature and Science (Score on N&S), papers indexed in major citation indices (Score on PUB), and the per capita academic performance of an institution (Score on PCP).

Displaying hierarchy in a table

If you need a table as a data viz tool we would like you to know about an option that Knoema offers to you. It's displaying hierarchy. Though it's important to mention that it's available only if a primary dataset has the hierarchy in it.

Please take a look at our case study to get a hint how you can use this option on your own. We created two visualizations with the same data to represent how displaying hierarchy can change the perception of a table.

Whats Up With the Sun Pulse?

Solar activity can be easily monitored by the number of sun spots. Regular recordings of the phenomenon have been available since the middle of the 18th century, with the star’s activity reaching peaks about every 11 years. The current Solar Cycle 24, is about to pass its prime in a matter of months, according to observations.

Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory says the strength of magnetic field in sunspots in waning, and the sunspot cycle may disappear altogether. “If this trend continues, there will be almost no spots in Cycle 25, and we might be going into another Maunder Minimum,” he said.

International Property Rights Index

After Mohamed Bouazizi, Tunisian street vendor, committed self immolation because police expropriated his merchant property worthed $225 and, at the same time, his dreams that was above the price, property rights issue has become keenly discussed question throughout the world. The Arab Spring, the movement that emerged right after this incident, made it clear that freedom and secure property rights are inseparably connected with each other.

In order to make it possible to defend both physical and intellectual property rights, the Property Rights Alliance developed an instrument allowing comparison between the nations by relative strengths of property rights they provide for their citizens. This instrument, the International Property Rights Index, is published since 2007 helping policymakers to make better decisions.

Various charts enhancements

Providing all users with the place for data visualization and visual storytelling, we are always in a constant process of upgrading our data viz tools.

And now you are about to know what chart enhancements we have recently implemented.

1. Today you can change your background type picking up out of 3 options: transparent (set by default), solid fill or gradient. You can change background color as well using around 100 available colors.