Interested in open data and using open data to make the world a better place? The fifth annual Open Data Day is set to take place Saturday, March 4, 2017. Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world where groups from around the world can create local events where they use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.
It’s that time of year when we’re inundated by campaign ads not only for major offices but also for state propositions and measures. The Sacramento Bee ran a data tracker article showing the top donors for and against these propositions. I really appreciate the research and analysis that went into that piece, but as I was analyzing it myself it occurred to me that this would be another well-suited application of a Sankey diagram.
Since creating and publishing the City of Sacramento Budget Interactive Flow Diagram last year for Code for Sacramento’s Open Budget Sacramento project I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about it. This flow diagram seems to attract and engage people more than any other style of data visualization I’ve produced. People love it. Commonly referred to as a Sankey diagram, alluvial diagram, or flow diagram, these visual representations of how things flow or are distributed and dispersed seem to naturally draw people in to explore and interact with the data.
Back in October I participated in a two day hackathon, 25K Find a New Way: CA GreenGov Challenge, put on by the California Department of General Services. The project that I created was an interactive dashboard to explore building sustainability metrics to ￼make it easier to visually identify departments, ZIP codes, building types, & individual buildings that need the most attention to lower site energy use, grid-purchased electricity use, & water use.