With each issue of Beautiful Public Data, I take you deep into the archives of government agencies and surface visually interesting datasets. I explain the nature of the data, who collected it and why. I look for the unusual details, and present the images for your delight and illumination.
"A cornucopia of delights"
“But as I explored that great article, I wound up discovering that the entire site is an absolute gem of content. Called Beautiful Public Data, it does what it says on the tin: takes government data and shows it to you. And it is just a cornucopia of delights that I can only assume was created specifically to appeal to my preferences.
Perhaps afraid that I would be insufficiently enthusiastic about the project, Keegan also includes snippets of explanation about how the visualizations were made and where the data came from. It really is an entirely terrific project.”
Some of the beautiful public data we have covered
If you know of any other cool visual information that your government collects, let me know (📫 email@example.com) and I’ll try to get a hold of it via public records requests where possible (like I did for many of the things you see here).