06 May 2015

Wittgenstein Centre Data Explorer Version 1.2

A more user-friendly version of this online data explorer developed by population researchers at IIASA and the Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA-VID/OeAW-WU) is now available with extended data.

In 2014, IIASA's World Population Program scientists in partnership with researchers from the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences under the umbrella of the Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/OeAW, WU) published the Data Explorer to allow users to browse, select, visualize and download projection assumptions and results for the population of all world countries (195) by age, sex, and education for alternative scenarios from 2010 to 2060 with extensions to 2100, based on a half-dozen scenarios. It also includes other indicators related to fertility, mortality, and migration.

The data was designed using R+Shiny and can be consulted online or downloaded into a file (CSV) that can also be read using the software. The Data Explorer includes graphical representation in the form of dynamic pyramids and maps, and users can access links to country profiles and the relevant meta-data for more details.

The new features of the Data Explorer Version 2.1 are:

  • a new, more user-friendly interface;
  • new back-projections for populations by age, sex, and six levels of education from 2010 to 1970;
  • the graphic explorer within the new interface allows to compare population age and education structures across countries/regions, scenarios, and time.

The global population projection exercise has been documented in an Oxford University Press book by Lutz, Butz, and K.C. (Eds) entitled World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century and can be accessed at www.wittgensteincentre.org/dataexplorer. More information to the back projections from 2010 to 1970 is available in Speringer et al. 2015.

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Samir K.C.

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Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group

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