Nov 30, 2009

White House Visitors


Recently, the White House revealed who has visited with members of the Obama Administration and when and how long that occurred.

Above is a network map of the who visited with whom in the White House: Visitor --> Visited. The larger the node, the more visitors received. POTUS is short for President of the United States. The links show only the smaller meetings of less than 1 dozen people in attendance. Our assumption is that you have to be more important to be invited to a small, focused meeting than to a large general gathering. Small meetings tend to reveal personal or business relationships. As we now know, even fakesters can sneak into large social affairs.

There is more data with more connections to be mapped in the White House data, but this map shows what is going on in the thick of things.

Too bad previous administrations did not have the cojones to provide the voting public a peek into the workings of government. Glad to see data transparency on the march!

A more detailed view of all of the players...

6 comments:

Scott Leslie said...

Be interesting to hyperlink the names in the diagram to a source like http://www.whorunsgov.com/ (just one example, but it seems to use a standard url/name convention so would be easy-ish to do) to help people understand even more the connections. And kudos for the data being released at all.

Tutor Mentor Connections said...

It would be interesting to see if you could color code, or sort, to show what issue they were talking about in these meetings. Is this possible?

evsambista said...

Great graph. I'm interested in an indicator of the number of times a person has visited the WH. Repeat visits may indicate urgency and influence.

Nicola Mattina said...

It is worth to say that POTUS stands for President Of The United States: it is not obvious for non-americans :-)

John Ettorre said...

Very interesting.

Silke said...

And the Europan Parliament learns from it. Here is the list of the Green MEP Reinhard B├╝tikofer. http://reinhardbuetikofer.eu/2009/12/16/1133/