[okfn-discuss] Where Does My Money Go updates

CountCulture countculture at googlemail.com
Fri Sep 18 11:15:07 UTC 2009

That's great news. One suggestion/request, assuming you're going to make 
the data underlying the visualization available as data of some sort 
it's be great (essential even) to do it as linked-data, tying the 
departments to dbpedia entries or some other unique identifier.

I know from doing OpenlyLocal.com, it's really difficult to use lots of 
the datasets you'd like to without a fair bit of work, as there's no 
reference id, and so end up string matching. Classic recent example  
Department of Communities and Local Govt study on happiness which output 
a list of Local Authorities together with various scores but without 
using the ONS SNAC codes for the LAs.

Just my 2p worth. Good luck with the project.

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> First up some really good news: as a winner of Show Us a Better Way
> we've now (finally) received a grant from Government to help us
> develop the prototype Where Does My Money Go site.
> We've engaged Iconomical to help us with the data visualization and we
> **need lots of suggestions and help with finding data and presenting
> it in cool ways.**
> Second, and highly relevant to this, the Guardian put out its take
> couple of days ago:
> <http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/interactive/2009/sep/16/public-spending-larry-elliott>
> <http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/sep/16/public-spending-departments-money-cuts>
> This is a really nice visualization. I wonder how it gets done (it
> looks so neat that I would guess  at least some of it is "by hand").
> Data is also really good -- it is stated to be IFS (looks to be PESA
> plus consolidation of supplementary budget estimates). I've added it
> to our data summary page for WDMMG:
> <http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=tR5kH6P2dRvC0hl0Ie_adtg>
> Regards,
> Rufus
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