Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Maybe we should first start to list the information we'd like to provide, and then decide how to show it. Do we want it to be more about the mechanisms of the UE or more about the people ?

Oh, and if you need a coder I would volunteer...

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:13:34 PM EST
When confronted with a mass of information, my first reaction is to doodle connections on paper rather than make lists. But that's just my way of sculpting information (ie carving down from the block, rather than building up on an armature). All methods are valid ;-)

My own preference is for a diagram that will help citizens understand the dynamics of decision-making/power/funding/control. Within that structure are people and countries that should be profiled.

And great that you volunteer! Let's see who joins in and see if we can put a group together to work on this. I'm busy tomorrow, but the rest of the week leading up to Midsummer is very easy for me, so I can put some time in myself.

The EU website I mentioned has a lot of the information we need, I need to go through it and extract the salient stuff.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:30:17 PM EST
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Considering that each state feeds into all three institutions: a number of MEPs, representation in the council and one Commissioner, you might want to rearrange the graph.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:48:20 PM EST
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I would test the following:
  • loose the lines (as it soon would get cluttered anyway)
  • Put bubbles (like the present light green MEP bubble) at each country representing number of Commissioners, numbers of votes in the Council and number of MEPs (or the different order)
  • colorcode each institution and its bubbles (so if MEP bubbles reamin light green, make EP lightgreen)

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 06:50:38 PM EST
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Let's go the other way : since this is to be an interactive map, put only one or two relevant info on each page. No showing simultaneously number of MEPs and votes in Council. Which allows to keep the line (and maybe make their width proportional to voting weight)

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 08:13:06 PM EST
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