Have and Have-nots

Does everyone who owns a computer use the internet? At what point did the Internet cause a boom in computer usage?

We used two data sets from UN Data online: Internet Users per 100 Population (ITU estimates/SYB51); and Personal Computers per 100 Population (ITU estimates/MDG) to see if there were relevant answers to some of the questions posed.

Two sets of data were used to try and demonstrate any correlation between them. We wanted to see if there was a relation between computer owners and internet users – if either affected the numbers of the other, and more importantly, how?

We plotted the the values for the both data sets for 10 countries (we chose the countries of the students on the pilot year).

Design Process
Being first time programmers it was essential to break down every bit of the visualisation starting at the very basics – trying to get an object on the screen. The objective of the first 5-8 initial sketches was to make objects appear on screen and give a basic representation of numbers through simple shapes and forms.

What did you learn by seeing the data in a visual way?
By being able to play around and see the data visually it was amazing to see the data come to life and see patterns and unexpected occurrences. Differences in the data collected sometimes just goes unnoticed and it takes something like this to see otherwise. For example the tremendous boom in internet usage in Korea in the year 1998. Through research it was found that this was due to the online gaming boom mixed with the implementation of fiber-optic lines.

For us it was interesting to see changes and patterns which would have gone unnoticed and this helps generate better more accurate research findings.