Cogapp visualises election data for The Sunday Times

Cogapp visualises election data for The Sunday Times
June 2010

The new website for The Sunday Times showcases the first phase of Cogapp’s work relating to the visualisation of public data, with a focus on election data.

In advance of last month’s General Election, Cogapp built an interactive political map of the United Kingdom, with an array of regional maps linking to pages for each of the country’s 650 parliamentary constituencies.

The maps are a core part of the politics channel of The Sunday Times website, which went live with a high-profile launch at the weekend.

Individual constituency pages provide a gateway to full details about the general election results, the new MPs, and the unsuccessful candidates - including website addresses, Facebook profiles and Twitter pages.

During pre-launch testing, we provided real-time results throughout the night of May 6, along with a running tally of seats won by each party. 

The Cogapp development team was led by Greg Hadfield, our recently-appointed director of strategic projects.

Greg, a former Sunday Times news editor, joined us in March from the Telegraph Media Group (TMG), where he was head of digital development. Since then, he has focused on how established media can take advantage of emerging semantic web technologies and the increasing amount of open linked data, following initiatives such as data.gov.uk.

He said: “The Sunday Times has an exciting vision of the future and the emerging digital democracy in which informed citizens will increasingly engage in the political process and hold politicians to account – not only nationally, but also locally.” 

“It is a privilege to be part of such an important project at a time of rapid change in the digital media landscape.”

Greg said he hoped the political map was only the beginning of a much ambitious longer-term project, relating to local as well as national elections and politics.

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