Published on April 26th, 2017 | by Matthew Beckwith0
Visualizing the U.S. Government’s Data
Former Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer, Seattle design studio Artefact, and a team of academic researchers have launched a website called USAFacts that aggregates 30 years of spending data from more than 70 federal, state, and local government agencies and presents it in easy-to-interpret data visualizations. USAFacts uses both government data that is already published as open data as well as data its researchers scraped themselves from government documents in non-machine readable formats. Ballmer created the platform to provide citizens with an easily understandable, impartial information source about America’s demographics and the government’s financial practices and priorities.