Government spending visualisationsNovember 14th, 2009 by Andrew
Basically, interactive visualisations of UK governmental spending, broken down by topic or by region. There’s also a time-series function, which is quite interesting to see – overall government spending, as a proportion of GDP, has just hit the bad old days of 1992.
Things that currently stand out as major issues:
- uncleaned data means hideous governmental terminology – “n.e.c.” everywhere
- expanding on that, the data needs a bit more organising – ensuring you can switch between subdivisions on the national-level, for example, would mean linking the ‘economic > transport’ sections together in the same way that the ‘economic’ sections currently are
- the main charts are a little ambiguous as to which circles are subdivisions of each other
- there’s no way to apply the time-series graph to “second level” data – so you can compare “general public services” spending over time, but you can’t compare the amount spent on debt servicing
- mousing over a column really should display its numeric value
On the whole, though, promising – definitely worth ten minutes playing with. Gets the concept across a lot more clearly than the bare figures might.