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Watch the revisions to the bail-out bill

October 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Following John’s note on an OHP mail list email, I adapted the bill comparison tool I developed for GovTrack and used it to analyze the changes made between the draft PDFs that have been circulating of the economic bail-out bill that is now a large package of legislation. I found five drafts, going back to [...]

Tags: Structured Data · data visualization · govtrack · visualizations · xml

World Data Visualization

November 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Broad access to fundamental data leads to compelling analysis. Here’s a TED talk from Hans Rosling, where he gives a tour of the recent history of countries becoming industrialized, using visualizations built on data from the UN.

The history of representative democracy and government is waiting to be similarly told; here’s a broad collection of [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · TED · data visualization · government websites · visualizations

Visualizing Constituent Opinion

October 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Here’s a visualization of voters reactions to politicians’ statements distributed across either time or geography.
This stuff is really compelling, and will just become more pervasive and easier to use as data processing becomes better standardized (and therefore easier to repurpose) and as political parties, legislatures, and businesses see that it is in their interest to [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · Structured Data · data visualization · visualizations

Visual Semantic Web?

October 17th, 2007 · No Comments

This post from information aesthetics has me thinking again about ontology, linguistics, and semantically derived hyperlinks. How else can you describe a system that effectively matches photos’ content in a maneuverable spatial context than a successfully implemented visual semantic web?
(this video is really amazing. follow the above link.)

Tags: OpenHouse · Structured Data · semantic web · visualizations · web 2.0

Another Foray into Data Visualization

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

I find it hard to stay away from compelling data visualization. That’s probably a big part of why I’m passionate about government information. The connection isn’t entirely clear to me, but it goes something like this: digital analysis of information illuminates subtle connections and trends that would have gone otherwise unnoticed. New [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · Structured Data · government websites · visualizations · web 2.0

Google maps mashup and Gmail Bloopers

August 21st, 2007 · No Comments

I just saw via O’Reilly that google released embeddable maps, and decided to take a little foray into attempting an embedded map mashup myself.
We made an entry a week or so ago for Gmail’s promotional video contest, featuring us throwing around an enlargement of the Gmail sign. Using Google’s intuitively designed tools, [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · visualizations · web 2.0

Crime Visualization

August 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Yesterday evening I came across this post linking to a new Oakland Crimespotting Map, a mashup of public crime information with Microsoft visual earth data. It’s a compelling presentation of important data, presenting structured data in a way that is relevant to our everyday lives.
Combine this sort of data with fixmystreet (a mysociety.org project) [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · visualizations