December 14th, 2009
Where Does My Money Go? presents an overview of government expenditure in the UK with a limited amount of freedom to drill down by region, time period and type of expenditure. It's pretty and it works well as far as it goes, but I'm not sure how useful it is given that it's providing such high-level data without much in the way of context.
I suppose my fundamental question is this: who would be able to accomplish anything useful with this data presented in this format, without pulling down the data that underpins these charts and doing some number-crunching of their own?
That being said, I'll be fascinated to see where they go with this. The simple act of pulling together all this data in one place is a useful service in itself; perhaps in the long run it'll be the data they collate, not the graphs they draw, that make Where Does My Money Go?1 worthwhile.
- I really wish they'd called it Where Does Our Money Go? ↩