Map Me the Money
The government spending watchdogs are having a heyday thanks to the release of Where Is the Money Going, a new web map put up by the feds for tracking who and where Recovery Act monies are going. The application thematically maps out $13,060,137,875 by state, county, zip and congressional district. In addition, pushpins for contracts, grants and loans can be identified for recipient and monetary award. Other notables are export to KML.
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.
Good thing I develop with Google Maps and ArcGIS Server, otherwise I’d almost take offense to that comment.
On the lighter side, I just had to find out who received the most dough from Uncle Sam (and of course the location). And the winner is…
I tried unsuccessfully to find some Cash for Clunkers ArcIMS replacement grants. I’m sure at least a tiny fraction of the $13 trillion will be spent on ArcIMS phaseouts even if they have to be replaced by Google Maps.