A data visualisation app for iPhone and iPad has been used to present the results of South Africa’s national census to the media.
The app, by US-based Roambi, was used in partnership with South African firm Dataways and Statistics South Africa to present the results of the nation’s 2011 census. Trevor Manuel, South African Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Commission, presented the census results to the media using the app on a giant iPhone this morning.
The custom app delivers interactive graphical displays of the 2011 census results, giving policy-makers, business leaders and the general public, mobile access to the census data via immersive analytics tools. Roambi says the app has been designed to help examine data from different perspectives, drill down through multiple levels and view specific cross-sections – all with the help of intuitive visual displays that enable more penetrating insights. The new census data is likely to guide policy decisions for years to come by shedding light on issues affecting South African communities and their diverse populations.
Bill Hoggarth, Director of Dataways, says President Jacob Zuma immediately requested the app to be installed on his iPad, to enable him to have instant access to the relevant data that would ‘enable him to ask the tough questions.’
“Roambi’s goal from day one has been to enable people to use data in meaningful ways,” said Santiago Becerra, CEO of Roambi. “Partnering with both Dataways and Statistics South Africa to unveil this landmark data and helping government officials to better serve their constituents is one of the most notable uses of Roambi to date, and we are honored to be a part of it.”
“We are very proud of the role we have been able to play in assisting the Stats SA team in the successful delivery of this project, from initial conception all the way through to the launch and beyond,” said Hoggarth.