More visualization of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Freebase

To sharpen the point I made the other day about the eroding bias toward giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Americans and Europeans, here’s a comparison of the nationalities of winners before and after 1960.

1901-2009 nobel peace prize winners by nationality
before 1960 after 1960

Here’s another point I forgot to mention. There are gaps in timeline for the Nobel Peace Prize, because it wasn’t awarded in 1914-1918, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1939-1943, 1948, 1955-1956, 1966-1967 and 1972. The timeline shows those gaps concisely:

As in the earlier examples, you can do this with point-and-click filtering in Freebase, no query-writing required. Which is awesome.

Finally, Stefano Mazzocchi offers a clarification of a point that came up in our recent interview:

I made it sound like Freebase loaded directly IMDB data while what I should have specified is that we loaded the IMDB ‘identifiers’ along with our movie data.

Thanks Stefano. And, kudos to the Metaweb team!


  1. Your data looks very incomplete

    It’s somewhat incomplete for a couple of reasons I’m aware of. One is coverage: Not all Person records in Freebase specify nationality. Another is that the interaction among various Freebase types — esp. award_honor and award_winner — is problematic.

    However with respect to that Wikipedia list, I was using Freebase to focus specifically on Nobel Peace Prize winners, not Nobel laureates generally.

    Here’s that list in Wikipedia:

    And in Freebase:

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