We give you the numbers; you make them speak to us.
Every year, Americans fill out income tax forms and make their payments to the IRS. It’s an important civic duty, but do we really know where our tax dollars go? Using data provided byWhatWePayFor.com, Eyebeam challenges you to create data visualizations that make it easier and more interesting for taxpayers to understand just how the government spends our money.
The Remembrancer, a newspaper named for the City of London's representative to the UK government, documents 46 corporations listed on the London Stock Exchange, which are known to the database of A Quiet Disposition, and are, by association, implicated by the data it has gathered. The Remembrancer was commissioned by the Open Data Institute and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
A Quiet Disposition is an online intelligence-gathering system which trawls the web for information about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones'), and analyses what it finds to produce new connections. The full database is available at aquietdisposition.com, and as of December 2014 it contained some 28k people, 35k documents, and 83k semantic terms connected with drone programmes. A Quiet Disposition was created in part during a residency at Eyebeam in collaboration with The White Building in London.
Using NYC.gov wireless hotspot data, “WiFi Spotting” topographically visualizes Wi-Fi saturation in the metropolis. Areas with higher saturation of access points form the peaks of these mountainous terrains, thus lending physicality to the usually ephemeral in our constantly changing cityscape. “WiFi Spotting” highlights how our immediate environments are saturated by constant signals, and it aims to materialize the underlying social contracts hidden within our ubiquitous noise.
Quotidian Record is a limited edition LP that features a continuous year of personal location-tracking data recorded by Brian House. In compressing 365 days to 365 rotations and mapping habitual places to harmonic relationships, he hopes to prompt our musical perception when we consider our daily travels.
Imagine Bach's first Cello Suite as a series of white dots circling and plucking white lines. Now watch it.
Using the math behind string length and pitch, the visualization represents each note as a string to help people understand better "music's underlying structure and subtle shifts," according to creator Alexander Chen.
The visualization is the first piece produced by Baroque.me, created by Google employee Chen as a part of his residency at Eyebeam
Eyebeam has partnered with O’Reilly to invite attendees of the Strata Jumpstart, Summit, and Conference to our Strata New York celebration. Join us to kick-off a week of activities with a festive evening of creative cuisine, signature drinks, and the sharing of innovative ideas in our visualization showcase.
The goal is to tell a story about the state of the art of visualization, the boundaries that it pushes (and isn’t pushing yet), the lessons learned from things gone wrong, and how to think about and intelligently interact with data in visual form.
Anil Kandangath asks “Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?” in his simple, powerful data visualization – and wins the $5,000 Grand Award of the Data Viz Challenge: Visualize Your Taxes. Input your salary (under the watch of a winking George Washington) and out come your payments to Medicare, Social Security, and National Defense. Check out the Runner Up ($3,000), Finalists ($500), and Honorable Mentions for more interactive tools and graphics that offer accessible, compelling, and even fun ways to connect your tax dollars directly to federal government spending.