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This is a timeline of Our World in Data (OWID), an online publication that presents empirical research and data on global change, in particular global living conditions.

Big picture

Time period Development summary
2011–2014 Max Roser starts working on OWID, researching on economic history and development economics, and collecting lots of empirical data.[1]
2014 ourworldindata.org launches. Since then, OWID would expand into a small team of researchers and web developers, and their reach and audience would grow.[2]
2015 OWID launches website sdg-tracker.org to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
2019 OWID becomes part of Y Combinator. About a million people visit ourworldindata.org each month, mainly though organic search traffic.[3]

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details
2011 Prelude Max Roser, a German-born economist at the University of Oxford, starts working on OWID. Later, he would explain his project was the answer to his dissapointment and anger with a media and education that were not informing him and others about fundamental trends that are changing the world.[4][5]
2013 Study release Study analyzing world population growth is published.[6]
2013 Study release Studies focusing on the history of famine and famine mortality over time are published.[7]
2013 Study release Studies analyzing human height[8], extreme poverty[9], happiness and life satisfaction,[10] literacy[11], and ethnographic and archaeological evidence on violent deaths are published.[12]
2013 July Study release Study analyzing terrorism is published.[13]
2013 December Study release Studies analyzing global economic inequality[14], and income inequality are published.[15]
2014 Study release Studies analyzing data and research on international trade patterns,[16] as well as fertility rate are published.[17]
2014 June Website launch Max Roser launches ourworldindata.org.[2][1]
2014 June Study release OWID publishes study analyzing the eradication of infectious diseases.[18]
2014 November Study release OWID publishes studies analyzing data on environmental issues including indoor air pollution[19] and ozone layer.[20] as well as data on health issues like HIV/AIDS.[21]
2014 December Funding The Nuffield Foundation awards a grant to expand OWID over the course of 2015.[1]
2015 Team Lindsay Lee, Mohamed Nagdy and Julia Murphy join OWID research team. Zdenek Hynek becomes the first web developer in the team and builds the initial prototype of OWID-Grapher.[22]
2015 July Study release OWID publishes study analyzing cancer as a cause of death worldwide,[23] as well as vaccination.[24]
2015 August Study release OWID publishes study analyzing suicide.[25]
2015 August 23 Recognition Canadian-American popular science author Steven Pinker places Our World in Data on his list of his personal “cultural highlights”[26] and explains in his article on 'the most interesting recent scientific news' why he considers Our World in Data so very important.[27]
2015 September Website launch The 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of targets for global development to be achieved by 2030. OWID subsequently builds the site sdg-tracker.org to track progress towards them.[28][29]
2015 September 23 Coverage Material from OWID is used for Don’t Panic, How to End Poverty, a documentary film with Hans Rosling and produced by Wingspan Productions for This World on BBC Two.[30]
2015 November Study release OWID publishes study analyzing the burden of malaria worldwide.[31]
2016–2017 Team Jaiden Mispy joins OWID as web developer during this period.[22]
2016 Team Esteban Ortiz-Ospina joins research team.[32]
2016 January Study release OWID publishes study analyzing the global burden of disease.[33]
2016 April 25 Study release OWID publishes data showing decline of malaria deaths by world region.[34]
2016 May 20 Study release OWID publishes study indicating the decline of fertility around the globe.[35]
2016 June 12 Study release OWID publishes study analyzing human rights across the world.[36]
2016 October 10 Study release OWID publishes study analyzing corruption across the world.[37]
2017 Team Hannah Ritchie, Joe Hasell, Diana Beltekian, Marco Molteni, and Sophie Ochmann join OWID research team.[32][22]
2017 April Study release OWID publishes study analyzing ambient outdoor air pollution.[38]
2017 April 21 Coverage Our World in Data is cited in academic paper Ecosystem management as a wicked problem, by Ruth DeFries and Harini Nagendra; published in 'Science.[39]
2017 May Study release OWID publishes study showing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions across the globe.[40]
2017 June 20 Coverage OWID is cited in academic paper Future of fundamental discovery in US biomedical research by Michael Levitt and Jonathan M. Levitt.[30][41]
2017 August Study release OWID publishes studies analyzing diet composition,[42], micronutrient deficiency[43], and meat and seafood production and consumption,[44]
2017 September 11 Coverage OWID is cited in academic paper The global distribution of economic activity: nature, history, and the role of trade, by J. Vernon Henderson, Tim Squires, Adam Storeygard, and David Weil.[30][45]
2017 November 9 Study release OWID publishes study analyzing the burden of poliomyelitis.[46]
2017 Coverage OWID is cited in An Introduction to Global Health Delivery by Joia S. Mukherje.[30]
2018 Team Daniel Gavrilov joins Our World in Data as web developer and Sonya Bhatt joins as administrative and finance officer.[32]
2018 February 2 Funding Our World in Data receives almost US$ 1.8 million research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance its work presenting the empirical research and data on global development.[47]
2018 February 13 Coverage OWID is cited in Stephen Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.[30]
2018 February Study release OWID publishes study analyzing changes in causes of death across the world, as global population increases, life expectancy rises, and living standards improve.[48]
2018 March Study release OWID publishes study analyzing female labor supply.[49]
2018 March Study release OWID publishes study analyzing gender pay gap.[50]
2018 April Study release OWID publishes studies analyzing alcohol consumption[51], substance use[52], and mental health.[53]
2018 April Coverage OWID is cited in Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund.[30]
2018 April 21 Recognition Bill Gates refers to Max Roser as "one his favorite economists".[54]
2018 June 28 Coverage The online publication SDG-Tracker launches. It presents data across all available indicators, and relies on the Our World in Data database and is also based at the University of Oxford.[29][55][56] The publication has global coverage and tracks whether the world is making progress towards the SDGs.[57] It aims to make the data on the 17 goals available and understandable to a wide audience.[58]
2018 September Study release OWID publishes studies analyzing trend in urbanization[59], as well as plastic pollution in the environment.[60]
2019 January Our World in Data announces they're part of Y Combinator.[2] It is one of only 3 nonprofit organizations in Y Combinator's Winter 2019 cohort.[61]
2019 March 18 Funding OWID raises US$ 150,000 Seed from Y Combinator.[62][63]
2019 April 24 Study release OWID releases study providing an overview of Earth's biomass, how it is distributed between taxonomic group of organisms, and the environments within which they live.[64]
2019 April 26 Study release OWID publishes study on global biomass showing how life spans across the planet's three high-level habitat environments.[65]
2019 April 29 Study release OWID publishes study on data collected from nine countries showing that women are very underrepresented at the top of the income distribution. However, women are at this time better represented in top income groups than they were in 2000.[66]
2019 May 6 Study release OWID publishes study indicating that the rate of poverty reduction around the world has slowed and that it may even stagnate.[67][68]
2019 May 23 Study release OWID publishes study presenting empirical evidence showing change in world population. For the first time, there are more people over 64 than children younger than 5, according to data.[69]
2019 June 11 Study release OWID publishes study showing empirical evidence of disminution of the trend of child mortality worldwide.[70]
2019 June Study release OWID publishes study analyzing gender ratio.[71]

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References

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