Government Transparency Gets a Boost from Tufte Appointment

by Matt Ball on March 8, 2010

The White House released a list of appointees on Friday to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel that’s in charge of oversight and feedback on how the recovery dollars are being spent and communicated. The appointment that’s chiefly of interest here for geospatial users is Edward Tufte, professor emeritus of political science, statistics and computer science at Yale University. His books on the Visual Display of Quantitative Information place him as a key force for the concise and insightful display of information.

Tufte is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Society for Technical Communication, and the American Statistical Association. He includes several maps in his work, and his ideas have influenced cartographers equally among other infographics practitioners.

It’s great to see the emphasis here on crystal-clear communication of information in a visual fashion. Let’s hope that his counsel results in some interesting and concise condensations of critical information.

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