Trust the gang at FortiusOne to come up with this very slick solution enabling users to visualize and map the effects of the Obama Stimulus spending in an effort to kick start the economy – enter The ObamaMeter – A News Dashboard on the Economy. A description from FortiusOne…
introducing the GeoCommons News Dashboard where we’re mapping breaking news stories. Our first feature, the ‘ObamaMeter,’ is keeping tabs on the US economy, the global economy and the stimulus through our visual dashboard. Read Sean’s intro blog post here.These maps showcase the soon to be released GeoCommons API which enables you to implement a GeoCommons dashboard within your organization.
Sean Gorman has provided more information over on their blog, describing the application. He notes how theuy fuse together some 15 variables providing a clearer picture of the story, giving readers a view of the economy, focused on employment, stimulus, foreclosures, and the economy. Users have access to the raw data via the Maker! application (enabling creating of your own mashups) and the data is also available for export as KML for viewing within Google earth.
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