March 14, 2007

Social explorer

Filed under: map, public geographies — ubikcan @ 9:59 am

Social Explorer is a project based at Queens College, CUNY, which aims to map and report on historical and contemporary census data. So far, the project has released data as far back as 1940.

For a select few cities there is also more detailed, neighborhood level data, such as this map of percent black in New York City in 2000:

One thing that’s nice about this project is that it avoids the complicated interface of so many Census mapping interfaces (including the FactFinder itself). Just a few pull-down menus and a nice-appearing Flash based map is produced.

The project is even doing a small service in cartographic education.

However, the one thing they seem to be missing is a map export function (they do have “print” and a “slideshow”).

And the disadvantage of simplicity is that it is not comprehensive (you’re limited to their pull-down options). But for most people this will be OK.


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