Applications of Government Data

Published by patrick honner on

This is a nice resource from The Guardian that highlights some of the ways developers are making government data accessible to citizens.

The projects include housing price analysis, roadway usage, government spending, and aggregation of community information.

The site is especially interesting:  slide the bar to your yearly income, and see just how much of your salary is spent on education, health services, defense, and other categories.

Lots of applications to play around with, and plenty of food for thought!

patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York


Tao Wang (@MathLaoshi) · September 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

If I’m reading that graphic correctly the circle for Total Spending represents 620 billion pounds while the circle for Social Protection represents 303, roughly a 2 to 1 ratio. However, the areas of their respective circles are in a ratio fo 4 to 1. Their diameters are in a 2 to 1 ratio, but that’s misleading given that area is clearly meant to represent spending.

MrHonner · September 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Nice catch! You should bring that the attention of Edward Tufte.

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