Understanding a problem is often a first step towards its solution. A growing list of online tools designed to enhance our understanding of poverty-related data are being made freely available on the Web. One of these is the much loved Gapminder, which i covered here several months ago. Now, Alex Steffen has identified several more, and posted comments and links to them on the WorldChanging site. Very convenient and informative. Ultimately, of course, it will take more than a few cool graphics to eliminate poverty. But these tools can certainly help all concerned to see the big picture, making it easier to close the gap between understanding and effective action.