Sheer Transparency?

“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” President Obama stated his opinion on government transparency and providing accountable data, with these words in 2009. This meant that many cities, counties and states, along with the federal state itself, would publicly announce various types of relevant data on their websites. I’m sure that many people would find it interesting how paychecks changed in the last 20 years in their hometown.

Since then, I have been following data.gov and other similar websites closely. For example, New York State website (data.ny.gov) presents some interesting facts about the social media usage of NYC. However, such websites usually present you raw data, which means that they don’t really provide a cognitive picture.

Data visualization took tremendous steps in the last decade. Now, there are wide array of diagrams and charts. Some actually have quite funny names (ever heard of “dendrogram”?). Traditional charts and typical data tools are becoming obsolete as data grows rapidly. I intend to employ a more advanced approach to visualize these numbers.

I am going to do my best to create interesting visualizations here, as often as I can.

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