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"Britich Columbia Budget Visualizations - DIY Transparency and Local Government" [blprnt.com] consists of a small set of beautiful visualizations by Jer Thorp that aim to reveal "how the cuts to arts funding stacked up against the rest of the spending reductions".

Starting from the September Budget Update data, several ordered bar graphs show how Arts and Culture suffered the second worst cuts of all listed expenditures. At the same time, one can observe an almost 8-fold increase for the budget allocated for something called "RuralBC Secretariat".

While the visualizations themselves are not particularly ground-breaking, the project stands out for its demonstration of the still early-days potential of open data and government transparency, when either more people would be as talented (and motivated) as Jer Thorp, and/or visualizations of socially relevant data would become more accessible and usable for lay people.