A new app for iPhone and iPad,
developed by Atlanta self-described political junkies David Martin and
Jay Hoey, is a valuable tool for those who need trusted data quickly.
The Wonky Chart app gives users almost instant access to 3,000-plus
Wonky Chart allows users to call up current and historical facts on
taxes, politics, federal spending and revenues, personal and corporate
income, comparisons of the U.S. to peer countries on a variety of
topics, and synopses of landmark laws and Supreme Court decisions, all
displayed as attractive charts that are automatically updated as new
data become available. New topics are also added regularly.
Although designed for anyone who follows policy and politics, Martin
believes Wonky Chart is especially applicable for journalists needing to
quickly check a “fact” thrown out at a news conference, to develop
questions for interviews, to research details needed for a story with a
looming deadline, or as inspiration for a story or column.
“Cyberspace is awash with data,” Martin said. “The problem is accessing
the exact nugget you need in seconds wherever you are. Wonky Chart helps
fill that gap. It’s for anyone interested in public affairs and
government, but is particularly useful for journalists and commentators.”
Need to know George Soros’ or the Koch brothers’ net worth? What NASA
spent in 1965? What the federal deficit was in 2010 in constant and
current dollars or as a percentage of GDP? A synopsis of key provisions
in the Affordable Care Act? Those facts and thousands more are instantly
accessible in Wonky Chart.
All charts are sourced. Data contained in charts are drawn from trusted
sources like the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic
Analysis, U.S. Census Bureau, Congressional Budget Office, Internal
Revenue Service, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development, the Office of Management and Budget, and studies published
by leading experts in academia.
“Wonky Chart eliminates the tedium of slogging through mazes of data
tables on government and other websites,” Martin said. “Does every fact
you’ll ever need reside in Wonky Chart? Of course not, but the ones you
want most often are usually there. Wonky Chart is always a great place