Today marks the official launch of Data.Gov, a website designed to share government information (economics, healthcare, environment, etc.) with citizens.
Here’s the official announcement from the White House Blog.
Cloudera founder, Jeff Hammerbacher, has a new data book available – Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions
If you aren’t familiar with Kiva.org, they run the world’s first person-to-person micro lending website allowing one person to “loan” a few dollars to entrepreneurs on the other side of the world who really needs it.
A new site, Kivadata.org, that says it is not affiliated with Kiva makes a lot of the data from Kiva available in a series of charts. Check out how many loans are given out by region, or what the average amount of the loans are, as well as tons more stats.
Google has brought its search and visualization power to some public data. Check out the Google Blog for more info. For example, if you search for “unemployment rate San Francisco” the first search result will be for this chart. The first data sets available are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau’s Population Division.
Here’s an article about how data visualization is helping reporters find stories buried deep within the data.