How to use Our World in Data

OWID presents work from many different people and organizations. When citing this entry, please also cite the original data source. This entry can be cited as:

Max Roser (2016) – ‘How to use Our World in Data’. Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Retrieved from: https://ourworldindata.org/how-to-use-our-world-in-data/ [Online Resource]

How to use Our World in Data in your presentations, in your writing, and your web articles and blog.

# How to use our work legally?

All our original work on Our World in Data is permissively licensed under a CC BY-SA license. You can use our work, you just need to credit Our World in Data as the source and make it available under the same license (SA stands for ‘Share alike’).

Not all visualisations that you can find on Our World in Data are done by our team. For this work of others – for which you find the source in the footnote associated with the visualisation – we cannot give you the right to use it and you have to be in contact with the copyright holder.

# How to make static visualizations for your text or presentation?

The normal case – save as an image: It is straightforward to make static versions of Our World In Data visualizations in web articles, text documents or presentations. Just click on ‘PNG’ below the chart and the static version of the chart is shown in a new tab of your browser. You can then right-click on the chart and chose ‘Save image as’ to save it on your computer. Try it out on the map below.

In case you need to edit the chart further: Click on SVG and the chart will open as a Scalable Vector Graphic (.svg) file in a new tab in your browser. You can then save it in your browser – through “save page as” – and you will have a vector graphic of the chart that you can then edit in Inkscape (free), Adobe Illustrator or similar software.

# How to embed interactive charts in your article?

You can use any of the interactive visualizations from Our World In Data in your articles.

Here are three recent examples of articles that embed OWID visualizations:

Politifact using OurWorldInData in fact checking claims about global poverty.

The Brazilian website o futuro das coisas in an article about the future of global education.

Vox.com in an article on the decline of global malaria deaths on World Malaria Day.

# An example:

For example let’s assume you want to write about fertility and on the fertility page you find this map that you want to embed in your own article:

# All you have to do to embed it in your article:

At the bottom of the chart you click on </>Embed and you will see a box popping up (try it!) with the following bit of text:

<iframe src=”https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/children-per-woman-UN” width=”100%” height=”600px”></iframe>

Now you just take this bit of html code and place it in the text of your own article.

An iframe is used to display a website within another website (w3schools has more info on iframes.) Similar to when you embed a YouTube video in your article, your article now embeds an Our World In Data visualization.

# Change the map focus or change the year:

We try to make the embed tool as useful as possible: For example, you can focus on Africa instead of World in the map above; and you can move the time slider to 2015 (you will get this). Now when you click on </> Embed you get the following bit of code:

<iframe src=”https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/children-per-woman-UN?region=Africa&year=2015″ width=”100%” height=”600px”></iframe>

If you copy-paste this code your article will embed the map with a focus on Africa and the fertility rate for 2015.

And the same works for the chart view. Just switch to Chart in the visualization above and add the countries that you are interested in – like this. When you click on </> Embed you can now get the code to embed this line chart.