An interactive map produced by the Observatory has been featured in The Guardian’s top 10 government data visualisations and applications.
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:
…and the Postcode Paper:
We’re really pleased the Observatory’s work in mapping unemployment data has been included in such innovative company.
- The Observatory uses InstantAtlas software to produce interactive maps
- Analysis of latest unemployment data
- Top 10 government data visualisations and applications
- Guardian Data Store
- Tools and applications for visualising data
Filed under: Data, Employment, Geographical Information, Maps, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory, wmro.org | Tagged: data visualisation, datastore, datastories, Geographical information, guardian, InstantAtlas, mapping, unemployment, wmrosid |