Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Fun New Tool

I am into the visual representation of data. When data is placed on a map, the story emerges in ways that it might not have been able to been told.

I found this site today: Social Explorer Maps. A team at Queens College at CUNY developed these interactive maps that display census data. They have a few free maps to play around with. One of the cool features I like is the ability to take snapshots of the maps and develop a slideshow. (It looks like only subscribers can save slideshows.) Maps can be a really powerful way to displaying data and showing changes over time. I liked looking at the NYC maps race maps over time. These data maps really do tell a story (through numbers.)

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