Data visualization toolkit

This is a cross posting from the Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science blog. I’m trying to figure out whether some of these tools may help us scrape and aggregate elections data. The Clark County voter history file comes up in a search, for instance, but there are no dataset associated with the link.

How to move from Google spreadsheet to R (a widely used, open source statistical package)

Google refine, a tool for cleaning messy data.

Infochimps.  I have no idea what this is for.

Google Fusion Tables (I tried to load the NVRA data here, and it worked ok.. sort of .. county names didn’t match up very well).

I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before someone is going to start creating feeds from election returns into one or more of these sources.