Featured Chart: U.S. Government Spending by Department and Type

Sometimes we find ourselves with really interesting, newsworthy data, but can't seem to find a way to share it with others in an easy and attractive way. Take for instance USASpending, a website that displays government spending so that the public can see exactly where their tax dollars are being spent. They offer Summaries where they display the dollar amount being spent based on government agency, location, or 'prime awardee' - who is receiving and spending the most money, and how.

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Spotlight Interview: Jeff Sheehan on the Power of Social Media Marketing

Sales and marketing professional Jeff Sheehan (@jeffsheehan) is a self-proclaimed “twitterholic,” and we can understand why. His 185,000+ Twitter followers tune in to his tweets to follow his social marketing blog, to occasionally hear inspiring quotes, and to gain his expert advice in B2B marketing and LinkedIn.

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Featured Chart: VerdadAbierta's Data on Missing Persons in Colombia

Today's featured chart provides an example of iCharts global presence and the universality of using charts to share information quickly and easily. VerdadAbierta, which literally translated from Spanish means "open truth," is an organization that uses data to bring to light the truth about armed conflict in Colombia. The site looks at issues of justice and peace, illegal business, and ways to help the public understand the injustices occuring in different areas around the country.

 

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Moritz Stefaner's Intersection of Truth and Beauty

Moritz Stefaner has created a name that distinguishes himself from any other data visualizer. Working with information aesthetics, user-interface design, and with a couple of co-authored books as well as numerous talks on information visualization - the data wiz has adopted a title that encompasses all that he does: Truth and Beauty Operator.

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Manuel Lima: Passion is a Magnet

He's an author, an architect, and a researcher exploring the web and beyond for beautiful, complex designs. He was even nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009." Manuel Lima's passion is designing, and he's been spending the last decade sharing and exchanging ideas with information visualizers around the world.

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Featured Chart: Oscar's Best Picture, Scores by Rotten Tomatoes

Though the 85th annual Academy Awards announced this year's winners nearly a week ago, people are still buzzing about whether their favorite movies won, lost, or deserved better. iCharts user Emily Lea Berry took on the daunting task of listing the Oscar's Best Picture nominees and winners all the way back to 1997, and scored these based on their rating on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.

 

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Flinklabs Founder Ben Hosken's Vision of Data

The founder of Australia’s leading data visualization studio explored a number of projects before landing himself in the esteemed position he holds today. After developing two patents for a recommendation system and a data-mining algorithm, Ben Hosken realized that his experience had opened a world of opportunities for new projects and collaborations, and he switched gears to focus his work on the user-facing side of data in 2009 with Flinklabs.

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Featured Chart: Long & Foster Real Estate

As the largest real estate company in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., Long & Foster Real Estate have their hands full with big data. To make this information more easy to understand, L & F goes visual by organizing these huge datasets into charts that they can quickly share with their customers, competitors, and anyone else interested in the housing market. What's more, they take advantage of our unique tools by branding each of their charts with their signature; "The Long & Foster Market Minute Snapshot."

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