As part of it’s Poverty-over project, UK-based charity Christian Aid has created a brilliantly over the top interactive world map charting 200 year progress of countries against a poverty scale.
The Flash-based map has a slick intro sequence showing a spinning globe with a 3D thematic map animated over 200 years. During this animation the height and colour of country’s evolve according to their respective placing on the Human Development index (HDI) – pre-1950 GDP per capita is used.
After the introduction the globe unwraps and you get to interact with the data. At this point you can play the 200 year time-line again and/or literally explode the map to narrow the countries shown according to various categories. All the time the map tilts and twists with mouse movements.
Go check it out at povertyover.com.