User generated sense

Emily Fairbairn

Generating content does not have to mean creating something from scratch.

In fact, users are increasingly called on to re-generate content: make something interesting out of something boring.

Clever web-savvy users can turn incomprehensible data into something excting and enticing.  Even the government has caught on to this.

Data.gov.uk is a government project that publishes data with the aim of  ‘promoting innovation though encouraging the use and re-use of government data-sets.’

So the government has all this information.  It doesn’t exactly know what to do with it- why not give it to the public and see what interesting things they can do?

I had a look at the data that the site holds on the homeless, and used data-visualising tool Many Eyes to turn it into something comprehensible. The end result is way more easy to digest than those reams and reams of spreadsheets, don’t you think?

Homeless by ethnicity, 2010 Many Eyes

Homeless by age, 2010 Many Eyes

Homeless by region, 2010 Many Eyes

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  1. #1 by Galaxian on March 18, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Hmm…Green & purple soap bubbles enumerate the dispossessed. I’m wondering: UK, about 60M pop., 11K homeless. Los Angeles, California, USA, about 10M pop., 68K homeless (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority).

    We have gone soft from having too many entitlements here in the USA, according to Tea Party freshmen now shaking down the House. Then why more dispossessed in one large U. S. city than in all of England, Wales, and Scotland?

    I’m wondering…

    • #2 by Galaxian on March 18, 2011 - 3:00 pm

      Sorry, I’ve miscounted the bubbly population balloons and more dispossessed are on the far shore of the pond than I thought. But still not as many as in LA.

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