Shows U.S. Stimulus Dollars as Map Mashup

Adam DuVander, September 30th, 2009

Recovery.govIs there any question map mashups have gone serious? How about billions of dollars serious? The U.S. website was built to make transparent the use of economic stimulus money. Now you can track every dollar on a map.


Click on Where’s The Money Going and you’ll get a Flash map with all sorts of options for slicing and dicing the data. See all funding by state, department, or broken down by specific agency. The awards types are also shown separately, so you can tell a contract from a grant or loan.

Sunlight Labs, which has a mission of “opening America’s government,” is not particularly impressed yet:

“The verdict? Well, it’s hard to say — the site’s a bit broken. There are 404s all over the place, most gallingly on the data download page.”

Sunlight’s Tom Lee also explains that much of the data is aggregated from other government sources previously available. Not that it’s a valid excuse for not allowing the download. You can get at some of the data. For example, within the map view, a KML file is provided, which is handy.

The map is built on top of ESRI technology. The company’s GIS software is used throughout all levels of government, so it’s not surprising to see it on a .gov site. Though it is courting the mainstream mashup developers, ESRI’s biggest advantage versus Google Maps and other mapping providers is that ESRI is seen as the platform to use if you’re serious.

Hat tip: ComputerWorld

Tags: Gov, Mapping
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3 Responses to “ Shows U.S. Stimulus Dollars as Map Mashup”

September 30th, 2009
at 5:02 am
Comment by: Hans Blaauw

And it is running on SharePoint!

October 1st, 2009
at 12:37 am
Comment by: Map Me the Money « geo-fi

[...] is the Money Going was developed with the ESRI Flex API, and according to Programmable Web: ESRI’s biggest advantage versus Google Maps and other mapping providers is that ESRI is [...]

May 25th, 2010
at 12:53 am
Comment by: Hey, Big Spender: The Million Dollar API

[...] Google isn’t the only mapping provider used by government agencies. The White House site uses OpenStreetMap via the Cloudmade API (our Cloudmade API profile). And in September we covered’s use of ESRI products. [...]

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