This week in open data and transparency: Let’s get visual
The call for open data (or just data in general) to be put to good use is often echoed. Many have answered this call by creating data visualizations, some better than others. Visualizations take often hard to grasp data and display it in a comprehensible, and hopefully aesthetically pleasing, visual form. Maps like the India Map of Financial Inclusion that was launched last week allow you to look at indicators such as number of MFIs against socio base-layers such as literacy rates and mobile phone use (thanks to Liz Larson of MIX for the heads up on the launch). Interactive maps such as this allow the user to quickly compare and analyze with a few clicks of a button.