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Change level of geographic and economic aggregation on graphs

I may have missed something but I can't find how to change the level of aggregation in the dynamic displays. The default display is by country, but if I want to see world regions instead? How can I do this?
Example: I want to show the number of 5-9 year old children in the world over time.
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  • Hi Cristian,

    You are completely right to miss it, we miss it too ; ). It's definitely something we want our visualizations to do, but at the moment they don't allow you to change aggregation levels. If you're just looking for the data, many data sources like World Bank World Development Indicators and UN world population prospects publish these aggregations.

    The visualization library we make is technically capable of showing them, but there are two other problems.

    Data
    One problem is that these aggregations don't always line up, e.g. does Russia belong to Europe? Does Turkey? The Gapminder definition is Russia doesn't but Turkey does. That means we have to do our own aggregations. Population amounts are easy, but other indicators are a lot harder to aggregate, they need additional processing (for example weighting by age, gender, population number or even more complex ones).

    User Interface
    We want our visualizations to be easily explored by novice users. Adding aggregation levels makes the interface more complex. We're in the process of designing an interface which strikes a good balance between features and ease of learning. Doing that is not easy though.

    If you think you can help out with any of these things, help is more than welcome. We're a small team with many ideas and few resources ; ).

    Best regards,
    Jasper
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