By Mark Wilson
The former Microsoft CEO and current Clippers owner wants to give back through a powerful data visualization tool.
What does the average teacher make? How much does the U.S. spend on defense? Is crime going up or down–and how does that correlate with the police we employ and criminals we incarcerate?These are the questions that USAFacts hopes it can answer, as simply and easily as using Google search. It’s a new site bankrolled by The Ballmer Group, the charitable enterprise of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who, with an estimated net worth of billions, is one of the richest people in the world.Everyone has heard of the Census bureau, but there are actually 60 different government agencies that collect data on the American people, and the use of their tax dollars. Thanks largely to initiatives by President Obama, this information is more open than ever before. The problem is, these government agencies don’t work all that well together, so open data isn’t necessarily accessible data. And accessible data isn’t necessarily legible data.