Edward Tufte Helps the Government

BusinessWeek reports that President Obama has Edward Tufte appointed to help visualizing where the economic stimulus money is going. The article celebrates this decision as a victory for data visualization and for a more transparent government. It can only be assumed that Tufte received the honor based on his book Envisioning Information which shows displays of high-dimensional complex data, such as maps, charts, scientific presentations, diagrams, computer interfaces, statistical graphics and tables, stereo photographs, guidebooks, courtroom exhibits, timetables, use of color, a pop-up, and many other wonderful displays of information.