DataVizChallenge

Here’s another one: “Data Visualization” - and you’ve gotta come up with something better than an overhead projector showing a pie chart.  

Today we try to understand these new ways of looking at the systems that govern our lives, health, finances, even our environmental impact.  

We’ll talk with participants in this past weekend’s Donaghue Foundation conference that addressed the importance of design in reshaping healthcare.  Advocates say these new strategies can empower patients to take control of their own health.  

And we’ll explore the fun side of statistics as we look at revolutionary new uses of data visualization to make a jumble of numbers accessible, even beautiful.  

 

Today is Tax Day. While most Americans think their tax bill is fair, many have no idea where exactly their hard-earned money goes. Let's face it, many leaders in government aren't so clear on how much tax money goes to all the different government-funded programs.

So Google and Eyebeam hosted a contest to find the best data visualization of where our tax money goes. Here are seven standouts. Think of them as visual receipts for your tax bill. One of them actually is, and it's pretty funny.

Anil Kandangath won $5,000 for his first place entry Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?, an extremely easy to use visual calculator of government spending.

 

Infographic Of The Day: Where Did Your Tax Dollars Go?
Announcing the winner of the Data Viz Challenge, run by Eyebeam and sponsored by Google.

Today's tax day! Get excited, people! Just kidding. Everyone hates paying taxes, we know. But at least this year, tax day comes hand in hand with a superb infographic. And not just any infographic; rather, the grand-prize, $5,000 winner of the inaugural Data Viz Challenge, run by Eyebeam with sponsorship from Google (and which we helped judge).

 

In partnership with Google, New York art and technology center Eyebeam has launched a contest to find the best data visualization of taxes.

The Data Viz Challenge, as it’s called, asks designers and developers to use data from WhatWePayFor.com and create an infographic that shows how these tax dollars are spent.

The winner will receive US$5,000 and coverage on various websites.

Entries will be judged for their clarity, relevance, utility, aesthetics, and how well they can tell a “persuasive story”, Eyebeam said in a statement. The judges include Google’s Aaron Koblin, Fast Co Design editor Cliff Kuang and New Media professor Brooke Singer, among others.

Submissions are due 27 March and winners will be announced on 18 April, Tax Day.

 

Taxes are probably one of the most stressful and depressing times of year, am I right? In an attempt to gleam a bit of useful and, dare I say, Interesting information from the annual mundane task, Google has partnered up with Eyebeam to create the “Data Viz Challenge”

 

Google has thrown its support behind a contest that searches for ways to map out the U.S. government's esoteric spending patterns. Called "Data Viz Challenge," the contest has been assembled by the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, a digital-arts collective headquartered a stone's throw from Google's Manhattan satellite office, and promises $5,000 to the entrant who can best "visualize how your individual federal income taxes are spent."

 

The Data Viz Challenge: can you make tax data exciting?
2/22/2011 09:20:00 AM
This time of year, everyone in the United States is starting to fill out—with varying levels of enthusiasm—our federal income tax forms. Yet, after we write our checks to the IRS, most of us don’t really know exactly where our money is going.

 
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