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Vol. 140 May 2020
The Wit of Chartipedia’s “Wikipedia for Visual Data”
For most people, the choice between studying a whitepaper and reading the data visualised on an infographic is beakless. In this age of information overload, who would spare time reading a tome, when a chart can speak more than a thousand words?
Seeing the rising popularity of data visualisation among industries of all sorts and a vision to create a global chart community for knowledge sharing , Cyberport Creative Micro Fund grantees Jeff Ko and Sebastian Loke brainstormed the idea and launched a data visualisation content sharing platform called Chartipedia in April 2020, aiming to put the sea of data visualisation content to good use and to create “The Wikipedia for Visual Data”.   
Chartipedia brings together creators, readers, educators, and corporations from different industries to share data visualisation content, such as infographics, charts, tables, and maps and they quickly populated the platform with materials spanning wide-ranging topics from business, economics and finance, and technology to art, culture, religion, and climate and environment. Their recent uploads include an infographic that charts greenhouse gas emissions throughout the food supply chain, a table that analyses COVID-19’s effect on Chinese consumption, and even a map of penguins in Antarctica.
Having the goal to emulate Wikipedia in facilitating knowledge acquisition and exchange but with the visual appeal of Pinterest, Jeff Ko, Co-founder of Chartipedia said, “we are not another data visualization tool but really the go-to-place for data visualization content.  It’s where everyone of us can search for any data visualization and learn with fun.”
Jeff and Sebastian received additional support for their entrepreneurial endeavour from Finland, where they joined the famed Finnish accelerator xEdu and applied for the Finnish Startup Permit that enables the duo to live, build their company in Finland and enjoy support from the Finnish start-up ecosystem.  Looking ahead, they aim to apply for accelerator program in their targeted countries in the hopes of getting assistance in market expansion.
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The Wit of Chartipedia’s “Wikipedia for Visual Data”
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