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Voice of the People Visualized: White house Open for Questions made into wordles.

Posted on: March 29, 2009

UPDATE:  I just put this data into google maps here.

Disclaimer: Wordles are often more artistic than informative but I thought it might fun to visualize the voice of the people.

A lot to write about from Government 2.0 camp but I am a bit under the weather and wanted to relax a little tonight.  So I created wordles of the top 100 questions  to President Obama from each category of the  Open for Questions application on Whitehouse.gov .  I also appointed myself the moderator and ruled that marijuana is a legitimate health reform issue but not a budget, financial stability, green jobs and energy or jobs issue.  The off topic questions were removed from the top 100 in those categories.  However if you want to see the complete raw data in Wordles, it is available here.

Phase net from IBMs Many eyes. Top 78 words and their relations from all categories. (Top 100 from each after moderation).

Phrase Net from top 50 words from Open for Questions

Word Tree All Categories starting with Mr. President

Mr. President Word Tree

The full wordles below are on Wordle.net.  Click on the thumbnail to see the full wordle:

Top 100 from all questions combined:

Top 100 Questions from all 10 categories


Education Top 100

Home Ownership:

Homeownership Top 100

Health Care Reform:

Health Care Reform Top 100


Veterans Top 100

Small Business:

Small business Top 100

Auto Industry:

Auto Industry Top 100

Retirement Security:

Retirement Security Top 100

Green Jobs and Energy:

Green Jobs Energy

Financial Stability:Financial Stability

Jobs Top 100

Budget Top 100

Ken Fischer is Chief Innovation Officer for ClickforHelp.com and thinks about social media, economics, linked data and Government 2.0. Let himknow if you want your web presence to be made more interactive and relevant.


7 Responses to "Voice of the People Visualized: White house Open for Questions made into wordles."

Interesting representation of what is of concern to many Americans. One question: Why moderate the public’s input–did the White House ask that questions be limited questions on the budget, financial stability, green jobs and energy and jobs issue?

The reason I decided to moderate, as almost all successful forums/knowledge aggregators such as wikipedia do, is simply I felt there was too many off topic questions in some categories. I wanted to attempt to create some simple aggregation of what Americans were thinking on these various topics. And no I was not asked by anyone to moderate, post or anything else. There was just nothing on TV Saturday night and I didn’t feel like doing real work. Thanks for the comment.

[…] out Ken Fischer’s visualization of the questions submitted to the White House thanks to Wordle.net. Sample […]

Interesting data, Ken. I understand legalizing marijuana was perhaps the number one economic recovery question so I’m glad you removed those off topic questions.

Well I left it in under health which I think it has a legitimate place. I just was interested in what people were saying related to the topic of each category.

I love it. Wordles are my favorite play-yet not entirely play – thing, and I think this is a cool little demo of how govt mashups can be interesting and potentially quite useful.

[…] I decided to take my Wordle data set out for another spin and make google maps from each category.  There are not 100 questions in […]

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