CapitolWords.org is a Sunlight Foundation site that “visualizes the most frequently used words in the Congressional Record, giving you an... View ArticleContinue reading
A demo of an interesting student project from the University of Maryland, based on Recovery.gov data. (via)Continue reading
Back in mid-November, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the kickoff of Medialab Prado’s Visualizar ’09 event... View ArticleContinue reading
Texas Watchdog is a great organization working toward state level transparency in Texas, they just released a map with all... View ArticleContinue reading
With Apps for America 2 we wanted to give a special prize to the best visualization. Part of the reson why is because we think that building up the art community inside of Sunlight Labs is a priority and just as important to our mission as the development community. The other reason is because the only way to make big data accessible to people is often by presenting simple, easy to understand visualizations.Continue reading
Mapping Max Baucus’ Health Care Lobbyist Complex. Click image for full visualization. As the chair of the Senate Finance Committee,... View ArticleContinue reading
What do top earmarkers talk about in Congress? Does our money go where their mouths are? In the case of... View ArticleContinue reading
Anthony Mattox, a very talented student at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), recently released some processing code called WikiWeb... View ArticleContinue reading
Everyone has their own thoughts and perceptions on what generally happens to bills as they pass through the legislative process. With the thousands of bills that are introduced every year, it is hard to get an overall sense of what is happening. During the last couple of months, our intern Rebecca Shapiro collected and processed data (from the Thomas Web site run by the Library of Congress) on each bill in the 110th session of Congress in order to understand what happened to all of them.Continue reading
Yesterday, I posted a bit about how data.gov shouldn't focus on data visualizations, but rather providing clean reliable data to citizens. But what this means is that we as a non-government community really need to start thinking about how to do visualizations when that data becomes available. Right now we're asking a lot of questions about data visualizations inside the Sunlight Offices that need to be shared with the wider Labs community:
- Should we hire somebody that does good data visualizations full time?
- Should we have a contest for best data visualization?
- What kinds of data visualizations would be successful in our field?
In order to kick off the discussion with the larger group, I want to gauge response from the wider design and visualization community and see what kind of people are out there. So I'm asking that if you're interested in working on the visualization and design side of things rather than the application and coding side of things that you fill out the form below.Continue reading