via Sunlight’s blog.
A fascinating use of data:
"It looks a bit like an isochrone, a map showing how far you can travel on a transportation network in a given time frame, starting from a single location. But this map tells us something about every point of origin in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region simultaneously. Specifically, it tells us how many jobs are accessible within 30 minutes – using the key at right – from each location by public transit, during the 7-9 a.m. peak morning window. The darker green areas have the greatest accessibility to jobs; the lighter green areas have the least. The red lines show transit routes.”
Austin now has a heat map of 311 requests: just another useful impact of open data.
It’s a well-known Washington truism that the place to get rich is on #KStreet. But if you really want to strike it big, head through the revolving door.
That’s because lobbyists with government experience most likely make three times as much as those without it - and significantly more than a member of Congress.
Explore the cash behind K Street in Sunlight’s new series - Revolvers’ Dollars: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/01/21/revolving-door-lobbyists-government-experience/
The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.
Happy Friday! Sunlight’s Party Time Tumblr is urging you to make like Congress today and shake your moneymaker. It’s a visual we can get down with.
The Sunlight Foundation scoured its Political Party Time database for political fundraisers held at concerts in 2013. And boy did we hit the jackpot: From pop princess Taylor Swift to Queen Bey, Carole King and the Rolling Stones, politicians of all stripes used the opportunity of marquee names and VIP suites to shake their moneymakers.
This, then, is a playlist of some of the songs — about money, of course — that we imagine pols heard in the process.
We are excited to unveil a couple experimental data-driven visualizations that literally map 400,000 hours of U.S. television news. One of our collaborating scholars, Kalev Leetaru, applied “fulltext geocoding” software to our entire television news research service collection.
Extra-special: Sunlight gave a small grant to help the Internet Archive’s TV news project in 2012. :)
Sunlight Cities, one of our sister tumblrs, continues to post very cool things.
Tis the season of snow plow data!
via Open City