Data Journalism + Gapol Nerd = Atlas of Georgia Government

Need or want to learn what Georgia government does?

State government probably has more to do with your day-to-day life than the federal government.

So here’s a 40,000-foot-view of what your state government does, translated & interpreted from jargon to English.

Click on it to zoom in.

Yes, it’s hard to read on the screen because it’s designed as a poster!!1!! #DataViz #Infograpic #DataArt #Buzzword

So grab your checkbook, your mamma’s purse or your spouse’s wallet and this artwork is yours, to enjoy in person if you don’t want to study online.

Click here to order your very own at Cafe Press.

Or just click the graphic to read online:

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Fine print:

This tree layout comes from Mike Bostock’s D3 JavaScript library. It’s powerful, yet simple enough for reporters to understand.
That is, reporters with help.
Thanks to:


The most interesting man in the world, Mr. Dashing D3.JS

The d3-js Google Group

Scott Murray, code artist

Christophe Viau

The D3 Noob, AKA D3.js Tips & Tricks

The folks at stackoverflow

And bl.ocks, for hosting D3 snippets

So, yeah, done with JavaScript for the layout, the Governor’s FY14 Budget Report for most of the hierarchy and Illustrator for the annotation.


Main source: Governor’s Budget Report, FY 14

Georgia Code

Each agency’s website structure: like, what they list at the top and then underneath each category

GDOT Org Chart

Georgia Forestry Commission “About Us”

Georgia Department of Defense 2012 Annual Report (which uses “Guardsman,” which I replicate here.)

Board of Regents Org Chart

Department of Corrections FY13 Annual Report

Department of Education Organization Structure

Department of Revenue Org Chart

Public Service Commission “Intro”

The Atlas of State Government is by no means an Organization Chart — it’s way too flattened and simplified.

And I’m pretty nervous about combining journalism & marketing, FWIW. So CafePress does fulfillment & just sends me a check.  I don’t know who buys.  But tell your friends anyhow.  </sales pitch>



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