Observatory map featured in top 10 government data visualisations and applications

An interactive map produced by the Observatory has been featured in The Guardian’s top 10 government data visualisations and applications.

Screenshot: interactive map showing Jobseeker's Allowance claimant rates in the West Midlands

This map shows the proportion of the working age population claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in each local authority in the West Midlands. You can also compare data for each local authority with the West Midlands and UK averages.

The map is based on the latest employment and unemployment data released monthly by the Office for National Statistics. The Observatory analyses this data as part of its work in monitoring the impact of the recession on the West Midlands.

As well as local authority, we also show the data in maps for:

The 10 data visualisations and applications were highlighted by the Guardian Datastore on the same day the government publicly launched the data.gov.uk site. This new site aims to unlock innovation and encourage data-led decisions by opening up public sector data for reuse in innovative applications and websites.

The Guardian’s list features some great examples of how government data is being visualised or built into useful public applications, such as visualising traffic data by ITO World:

The Billion Pound-O-Gram, a visualisation of UK Treasury data by David McCandless:

Screenshot of The Billion Pound-O-Gram, a visualisation by David McCandless

Image credit: The Billion Pound-O-Gram by David McCandless

…and the Postcode Paper:

Newspaper with content based on data pulled from data.gov.uk

Image credit: data.gov.uk newspaper by Tom Taylor

We’re really pleased the Observatory’s work in mapping unemployment data has been included in such innovative company.

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6 Responses

  1. Hi there
    Thanks for highlighting our work!

    • Hi Christopher. You’re welcome; some really impressive work over there at ITO.

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