MIT’s New ‘DATA U.S.A.’ Website presents U.S. Data visually to make it “easier to sift through” AND to ENJOY.




Warning: A new online project from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) may just blow you away!

DATA U.S.A: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE VISUALIZATION OF U.S. PUBLIC DATA” came out on Monday and was announced in the NY Times.  The story is titled, “Website Seeks to Make Government Data Easier to Sift Through“. It does, indeed! The article goes on to show you how it works…

Type “New York” into the Data USA search box, and a drop-down menu presents choices — the city, the metropolitan area, the state and other options. Select the city, and the page displays an aerial shot of Manhattan with three basic statistics: population (8.49 million), median household income ($52,996) and median age (35.8).

Lower on the page are six icons for related subject categories, including economy, demographics and education. If you click on demographics, one of the so-called data stories appears, based largely on data from the American Community Survey of the United States Census Bureau.” (Source: NYTimes.com)

The Website pulls off a major feat in that there is so much to look at (in a good way – you’ll WANT to look at more) but it is never cluttered.

One cool feature is that a small number of ‘suggested’ searches scroll across the search field every 4 seconds ago – if interested in one, simply click on ‘Search’ while the keywords are in the field. For example, ‘computer science’ scrolled across the field for me. That was of particular interest to me because #1 I love computers and #2 my son is majoring in computer science. Here is a search on ‘computer science’.

On the left are other links you will want to look at (if the list disappears, click on the ‘hamburger’/3 horizontal lines)




I typed in 28405, a zip code from Wilmington, N.C. and it brought me to a page that looked like this (cropped here) –

http://datausa.io/profile/geo/new-hanover-county-nc/

Thanks to ResearchBuzz.com for the heads up on this!

FreeMapTools.com is a great tool for showing others your ‘route’

Do you enjoy traveling? Like to share with friends your trip? FreeMapTools.com’s measuring tool is great for giving a general view of a trip.

I use it to map my Stand Up Paddling trips because I don’t want to take my iPhone out on the water (ruined one and can’t afford another one!).  Here is an example:

FreeMapTool.com's Measuring Tool

Here is how you can use it…

  • Type in the city or zip code in the ‘Location’ field and ‘enter’
  • Look under the map for these options and select one –

Total Distance Miles km Nautical Miles Yards

  • Click on ‘Full Screen’
  • Enlarge the map by scrolling mouse or clicking ‘+’.
  • Click on your STARTING point
  • Click on your next stop (or along the road curves, etc.) as much as you like. Click on the pin and drag to move it to a new location.
  • When finished, click on ‘Close Screen’.
  • Look for the mileage (or your choice) under the map.

 

New Online Map showing NYC Historical Landmarks

ResearchBuzz.me is absolutely the best source of interesting information! I can’t wait to read what Tara Calishain shares each day. Sign up for their email alerts and/or follow them on Twitter 

Here is a great one just posted…

“All of New York City’s historical landmarks (article about it >) are now available on one big map. “There are tens of thousands of officially-designated landmarks in New York City, and today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission launched a fun new tool that lets you explore all of those protected sites.”

Here is a link to the map itself . It is searchable by address.

Enjoy!

Here is an example of an ENLARGED section. Click on a dot or pin for information. (the actual will have clear text)

NYC Landmark Map - 'Statue of Liberty'