[OpenSpending] Representing things in terms of other things?

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Apr 17 17:14:27 UTC 2013

This recent story [1] made me wonder whether we could do something for Open
Spending (or even a separate little thing, related to OpenSpending) to show
big spending items in terms of other smaller or similar spending items?

This is a nice, simple example of something along the lines I'm thinking
of, for comparing carbon footprints between very different types of things
(e.g. 30 apples is equivalent to 67km by train):


Also reminds me of Michael Blastland's piece a few years ago on how to
express big numbers in terms of small numbers and proportions [2].

[2] http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8319307.stm

Jonathan Gray <http://jonathangray.org/> | @jwyg <http://twitter.com/jwyg>
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