now tracking Broadband Stim… now tracking Broadband Stimulus money

Computerworld has the story now, check back later today for the inevitable story from our partner blog in DC, BroadbandCensus:, the government’s official Web site for tracking federal stimulus spending, relaunched today with a trove of new data that lets visitors see — literally — where the money is going by navigating through a series of maps. The site is managed by The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB), which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to provide transparency in reporting how stimulus funds are used.

The new maps, created using tools and templates developed by geographic information systems (GIS) vendor ESRI, will roll up data from all 50 states to show where federal contracts, grants and loans are going and who’s receiving the money. Users can drill down to see spending for their own state, county or locality.