Time of the year, for everyone to fill out -- with varying levels of enthusiasm -- federal income tax forms. Last year, Andrew Johnson and Louis Garcia, two developers from Minneapolis, Minn., created a website called whatwepayfor.com that uses public data to estimate how our tax money is spent. You enter your income and filing status on the site, and it creates a formatted table of numbers showing your contributions to the federal budget -- down to the penny:
This year, Google with Eyebeam, created a simple interactive data visualization called "Data Viz Challenge," along with an API to let anyone access the data, so now you can choose how to display it.so now you can choose how to display it.
"Could you create a better animated chart? Something in 3D? An interactive website? A physical display somewhere in the real world? We want you to show everyone how data visualization can be a powerful tool for turning information into understanding.
You can enter the challenge at datavizchallenge.org, where you'll also find more information about challenge and the data. The challenge starts today and ends March 27, 2011, and is open to the U.S. only.
The top visualization, as chosen by a jury, will receive a $5,000 award and a shout-out on the site and this blog. We'll announce the shortlist on the week of April 11, and the winners on April 18, a.k.a. Tax Day," revealed Google.
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