This project took the form of a data exploration tool visualising the key demographic indicators from Australia's 2011 Census. We created interactive visualisations for 579 languages and 9,138 locations in Australia. Built with open source web technology, the SBS Census Explorer is an accessible tool for learning more about who we are and where we're heading as one of the most multicultural countries in the world.
Although simply translating the Census data into graphical form helps people to understand the numbers better, it's more about how you choose to interpret those charts. Maybe it's that spike in arrivals after the Vietnam war, or the large proportion of university-age Mandarin speakers, or how a greater proportion of Hungarian speakers are Australian citizens compared to Australia as a whole!
The SBS Census projects shows how good we all are at telling stories about our country and our culture.
A technical blog post to follow!