Infographics: A picture is worth a thousand words
This guest blog post is provided by Statistics Canada who is responsible for producing statistics that help Canadians better understand their country — its population, resources, economy, society and culture.
When you have the right information presented to you as a clear "snapshot", it can help you to quickly understand what you need to know and to make better decisions. This is golden, right? One of these snapshots is a golden nugget known as the infographic, which uses graphics to present visual information you can quickly absorb, act on and share in a simple, yet fun way. So if it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it's worth taking a closer look at Statistics Canada's infographics to learn more about what they're saying.
As Canada's most reliable data provider, Statistics Canada creates a number of infographics on a vast array of topics, in an easy-to-use format.
Infographics are useful because they offer:
- Reliable information that is quickly accessible
- Complex information, expressed in shorthand, that is easy to understand
- A way to understand commodities, producers and competitors
- Data that may reveal cause-and-effect relationships
- An opportunity to monitor certain parameters
- An easy way to share information
Statistics Canada's infographics web page provides socially and economically relevant infographics for some of the following Statistics Canada products:
Producer Price Indexes: The infographic shows you how the indexes are calculated for goods and services, and why they are important for the Canadian economy.
Demographic Estimates and Census Metropolitan Areas: The inforgraphic presents data about the latest demographic growth and aging trends, as well as how they relate to you and your community.
Digital Technology and Internet Use: The infographic demonstrates how various digital technologies, which include personal computers, mobile devices and the Internet; are adopted in the business sector it also provides indicators of e-commerce and website use.