Comparing the Number of People in Historical Events

This is a pretty cool interactive data tool from the BBC. It provides a graphical way to compare numbers of people related to historic events to numbers of people you know, say your Facebook friends.

So, let’s say you have 50 Facebook friends. If they were all involved in the Battle of Gettysburg, this many would have survived, this many wonded, this many captured, and this many died. This would be great for bringing history alive. It might also be used in Health classes as numbers can be compared with casualties of great epidemics.

Information aesthetics point to three other similar tools, 9/11+, Museum of Me and Social Memories.


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