November 18, 2011
The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has launched the Farm Bill Budget Visualizer, an innovative web-based application that allows visual analysis of Farm Bill spending since the 2008 Farm Bill.
The Budget Visualizer uses “treemap” technology, a method of displaying spending data as nested rectangles, which allows users to “see” the proportion of federal funding received by Farm Bill programs. The application, developed in partnership with the Hive Group, is intended as an educational aid for the general public, advocacy groups, and policymakers who wish to better understand the relationships among public health and other priorities, and federal spending in the Farm Bill. Read the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s news release announcing the Farm Bill Budget Visualizer.
To learn how to use the Budget Visualizer, read Linnea Laestadius’s blogpost about Endangered Programs in the Farm Bill. Forthcoming are posts will demonstrate other uses of the Visualizer.
Food and Tech Connect included the Visualizer in a list of 6 applications that can answer the question, “How can the food+tech community come together to encourage people to be involved?” PorkNetwork.com announced the Visualizer’s release as well.