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Giving Data Visualization to the People

David Schwartz

Brazil's launched a fascinating website called Data Viva that allows any user to explore intricate municipality data to arrive at keen insights. Much of my work is in data visualization, and the complexity and extent to which this platform functions is astounding. Play around with it a little and let's discuss: what could giving data visualizations to the people mean for emerging markets and developing countries?

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This network is incredibly complex and so well thought out. I can't imagine how they collected the info, but it's insane.

    • cesifoti

      Thanks Alessandra! The info consists of official government records collected for taxes and social security purposes (~50 million people x 10 years).

      In Brazil this data is public by law, but since law cannot make data actually accessible, DataViva was constructed as a technological implementation capable of bringing this data back to its true owners (the citizens).

      Most countries have datasets that are the exact equivalent of the one used to create DataViva, so there is nothing strange in the availability of this data. What is strange is that most countries have yet to figure out a technological route that would help them make this data accessible in the web, rather than just in paper. :-)

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Agreed. I love how you're bridging the gap and making the data accessible. I feel like the next step would be explaining to the citizens how they can use it to change their cities or make impact!