The opinions of our new parliament – in 30 seconds

Yesterdays elections turned out to be even more exciting than everyone had expected. True Finns shocked everyone with their third position. Trying to get a government together now is not easy.

But what opinions do the new Finnish parliament represent? I’ve put together an interactive tool that lets you explore the opinions of the new MP’s – in about 30 seconds. It is based on the answers given in Yle’s vaalikone. I had to put it on a different server because this WordPress blog doesn’t support own Javascript adventures. Open it here.

Application opens in new window. Requires an updated web browser.

This was my first real visualization in the Javascript based Protovis. I strongly recommend it so far. I hardly have any prior Javascript experience, but with assistance from the tutorials at Knight Digital Media Center I have been able to figure it out quite quickly. I especially appreciate the possibilities to create interactivity. Made me realized what a waste of time mouse-clicking is (compared to mouseover interaction).

  • Get the data. (Note that the answers might be slightly outdated, I noted in the reporting from Yle that a few new candidates seem to have participated since I did the scrape. However, the big picture should be accurate.)

2 Comments on “The opinions of our new parliament – in 30 seconds”

  1. apoikola says:

    Nice job! Simple and works perfectly.

    Upotin sen ehdolla.org -blogiin http://www.ehdolla.org/2011/04/vaalikonevisualisaatio-vaalien-jalkeen/

    Jos jaksaa, niin voisi poimia vaalikoneesta ehdolla olleet viime vaalikauden kansanedustajat ja näyttää heidän vastaustensa palkit. Tässä näkisi politiikan muutoksen.


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