Mapping $15 Trillion of World Trade
Two data visualization fellows at Harvard University have created an interactive data visualization called the Globe of Economic Complexity which maps the world’s intricate web of exports. The visualization uses data compiled by Harvard University’s Center for International Development on the $15.3 trillion in global exports in 2012 to display which countries produce various goods, as well as where these countries export their goods to. The color-coding of export categories allows users to easily interpret the strength and diversity of various national economies. For example, Algeria shows a fair amount of economic activity, but it is nearly all related to oil production, whereas France exports large amounts of goods across a wide variety of sectors.