WhiteHouse.gov puts data to use in its new federal property map.

As I reported at the O’Reilly Radar, The White House used interactive mapping and open data illustrate excess federal property around the United States. Check out the White House excess property map to see what that means in practice. I’ve embedded a similar map from MapBox below.

Selling excess federal property will be challenging. In contrast, open source mapping tools are making storytelling with data easier – and cheaper.

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Alexander B. Howard is a DC-based a technology writer and editor. Previously, he was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where he covered the voices, technologies and issues that matter in the intersection of government, technology and society. If you're feeling social, you can follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or circle him on Google Plus In addition to corresponding for the O’Reilly Radar, he has contributed to the Huffington Post, Govfresh, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, National Journal, The Atlantic, CBS News and Forbes. He graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology. Currently, he is a resident of the District of Columbia, where he lives with his greyhound, wife, power tools, plants and growing collection of cast iron pans, many of which are frequently used to pursue his passion for good cooking.

3 Responses

  1. Guest

    It is nice that they “illustrate”
    excess federal property
    around the United State, but I cannot dig into specific records about the properties, so not sure how useful the “illustration” is. I would have liked property specific data, not just knowing that they have “6 properties in some city” Not sure of the goal of this, a document with addresses would have been more valuable.

    1. Anonymous

      Guest: Please understand: this is a simpler version of the map that the White House created. I accept your critique of this data visualization and understand that you’d like more information. Please visit and explore the White House map to drill down in the way that you described:
      White House excess property map

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