With Big Ben watching over, the 2012 Summer Olympics officially open this evening in London. The flags will be waving, the athletes processing, and the torch guiding the way -- igniting the Olympic spirit in all of us.
In that spirit, QlikTech International, a business intelligence company, has created the QlikView Global Games App. With the free app, you can visualize, analyze, compare, and contrast the history and results of summer games over the ages. You can slice and dice the data -- on athletes, events, countries, and more -- to your heart's content. QlikTech has a few suggestions, all of which you might use to impress your friends and colleagues with your knowledge of Olympic trivia:
- The correlation between an athlete's height and the amount and type of medals won
- Who the oldest or the youngest athletes are in a specific summer games
- How well the host country performs in each event type
- What country characteristics are associated with greater success in the summer games
But this isn't all the stuff of past glories. The app will let you keep up with history in the making, too. Using data provided by Infostradasports, QlikTech said it will update the app daily at 11:00 p.m. GMT, which, if I've done the conversion properly, is 6:00 p.m. ET -- just in time for playing around with on your commute home (assuming you're not behind a wheel).
I took the liberty of doing some basic playing around with the app, taking an admittedly US-centric view. To begin the slideshow, click on the first slide below, and once you've finished, try it out for yourself. Be sure to report back here with the fun stuff you've uncovered!