Humans of the world can now visually explore the data from the MY World global survey in new ways. Popily – a data science and visualization company — has uploaded the open data from the survey onto their site, allowing users to further investigate, discuss and understand the survey via thousands of data visualizations. The site allows for easy social sharing, allowing users to collect, comment and share the data. Popily will also partner with the UN Millennium Campaign to analyze and curate this data, providing new insight ahead of the UN General Assembly in September 2015. See Popily site


MY World is the UN Global Survey for a better world, conducted between 2013 and 2015 across the globe. The 7.7 million responses have been collected mostly from person to person paper based methods, as well as online and through SMS. Although this data is all open source, the current data visualizations allow for disaggregation by country, age, gender, income level and method of collection. Popily will now allow people to further explore the data with new ways of comparison, diving deeper into the database. Each visualization is a potential insight into the priorities, needs, and voices of the citizens that have spoken up to help guide the new UN development agenda.

“The UN is actively promoting a data revolution to increase transparency through open data and innovative data visualizations. The service Popily provides is different because it gives people – even those without any background in data science or analytics – the ability to directly examine the results of the MY World survey at an even deeper level and to debate and share their perspectives openly.” said Mitchell Toomey, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign

Popily will lend its expertise in data science to the UN Millennium Campaign by extracting key data cuts and identifying new facts by cultivating different data sets into Notebooks, the technique Popily organizes these infographics, and in interpreting this data in shareable messages for social media and blogging. This data will be extremely useful to UN Country Offices as they begin the process of implementation for the new UN Global Sustainable Development Agenda, to be ratified in September 2015.


“Making it easy for people find and tell their own stories with data, giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to hear directly from the rest of the world, using data to spur honest dialogue from diverse perspectives “ said Jonathon Morgan, CEO of Popily, “these values are at the heart of our technology and our company.”

Finally, Popily has been able to extract qualitative data from Facebook from the Humans of MY World photo series, which tells the human stories behind the voters on MY World. This exercise has allowed the UN Millennium Campaign to understand the wealth of content such as the amount of people choosing each priority and how many likes each priority receives.


“When we had our first look at the Humans Of MY World data, we were blown away — honored at the opportunity to provide a way for people interact directly with the data, to share their stories with and around the data. Our hope is that these visualizations will spur new conversations, foster open dialogue amongst the world’s citizens, and help people tell meaningful stories with data” said Vidya Spandana, Chief Growth Officer of Popily.

The MY World data analysis will continue over the next few months via and social media channels in collaboration with the UN Millennium Campaign and the Popily team.

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