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  • 04.19.17

Steve Ballmer just made government data much easier to read

The former Microsoft CEO has teamed up with Seattle design studio Artefact to launch USAFacts, reports Wired. USAFacts is a free web-based centralized hub that allows anyone to access 30 years of data from over 70 local, state, and federal government agencies—all packaged in an easy-to-navigate, stunning design. And you won’t find any partisan slant on USAFacts, says the company:

We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future.

We rely exclusively on publicly available government data sources. We don’t make judgments or prescribe specific policies. Whether government money is spent wisely or not, whether our quality of life is improving or getting worse—that’s for you to decide. We hope to spur serious, reasoned, and informed debate on the purpose and functions of government. Such debate is vital to our democracy. We hope that USAFacts will make a modest contribution toward building consensus and finding solutions.

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