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What is VisualDOT?
VisualDOT is a Web-based data visualization tool. It gives users the ability to select and view Department of Transportation (DOT) information in easy-to-understand ways.
How does VisualDOT work?
Using geospatial maps, visualDOT integrates information collected by the DOT Operating Administrations, and provides ways for users to create a context or story out of that data. Users can visually explore how the nation’s vast transportation network affects their lives by dynamically creating and interacting with maps and graphs pertaining to transportation themes and interest areas.
Why Visual DOT?
The DOT mission is to serve the nation by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. VisualDOT supports this mission by giving users a way to make transportation and related government information applicable to their lives.
Government data is available to the public through the Web, but is not always in accessible formats. It is not presented in a manner that is meaningful and valuable to the average citizen. VisualDOT addresses this issue by allowing the public to make information applicable to their interests. The visualization tool uses publicly accessible DOT information to create data maps. That way, questions that users have about the data can be answered visually.
The VisualDOT initiative resulted from the Open Government directive, which calls for more participation, transparency, and collaboration in Government. DOT will leverage existing public/private partnerships to develop and deploy new and interactive technology.