Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Public Spending on Google Maps

The Telegraph: Council Website Spending

British newspaper The Telegraph has created a Google Map to display how much local councils have spent on their websites.

The paper rather disingenuously claims that "councils are spending millions on redesigns of their websites despite facing the biggest funding cuts in their history". In fact the data is from 2008/9, before the UK government started the funding cuts and actually shows only one council spending over £1 million on a website redesign.

The map has three datasets that can be viewed: External Spending 2008/9, Redesign Cost, Most Recent and External Spending per Individual. The map places circular overlays over each town. The size of the overlay is in proportion to the size of the spend.

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