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A Brazilian State Takes Open Data To Another Level

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, November 20 2013

Screenshot of visualization of average monthly wage for occupations in Minas Gerais

The Brazilian state Minas Gerais has launched a new data visualization tool called DataViva, which is meant to help government officials, the private sector and Brazilian citizens understand big data. Although it is the product of a state government, DataViva covers the formal economy of all of Brazil.

According to the a video introduction to DataViva, the tool contains more than 100 million interactive visualizations.

Elaborating on the purpose of the tool, an unnamed contributor explains in the video:

The goal of DataViva is to become a hub for the visualization of public data, a resource for collaborative planning. DataViva is an effort to open public data and provide a common ground for discussions based on the views that emerge from the data.

The visualizations are divided into eight different apps. These include a “Tree Map,” a “Geo Map,” “Network,” “Scatter,” and “Occugrid.” Some of these are as general as they sound, and others have a more specific purpose. For example, the purpose of the Occugrid is to “[show] the recommended workforce for a given industry. It can be used to determine which occupations a location may need to hire in order to become more successful.”

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