About Social Explorer
Social Explorer, Inc. is a small business specializing in data and information design. We develop innovative technologies and applications that enable both technical and nontechnical users to gain new insights and realize benefits from large, complex or diverse data. With deep expertise in data handling and interactive design, we collaborate with clients on the design, content and interactivity of each project. Our partners include the U.S. Census Bureau, Pearson Publishing, the New York Times, Ellis Island Museum, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and other public and private clients. Millions of people around the world have used our products to explore visualizations and create their own maps and reports.
SocialExplorer.com is our award winning demographic data visualization and research website designed to engage users through dynamic maps and customizable reports. From research libraries to classrooms to government agencies to corporations to the front page of the New York Times, SocialExplorer.com helps the public engage with society and science.
- Access current and historical demographic data with ease:
- The entire U.S. Census from 1790 to 2010.
- The entire American Community Survey (ACS) from 2005 to 2014.
- The FBI Uniformed Crime Report from 2010 and 2012.
- The presidential, congressional and gubernatorial results from the Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections from 1912 to 2014.
- The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2010.
- The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program data from 2010 to 2016.
- Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.
- The United Kingdom Census from 2011.
- The Canadian Census from 2011.
- The Eurostat survey from 1990, 2000, and 2010 to 2013.
- The World Development Indicators from 2013.
- Irish religion and population data from 1911 to 2001.
- Plus new data sources added throughout the year.
- Stay current with the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which is processed and added to the site as soon as it is released.
- Browse full source documentation for all reports and maps, as well as the source and computation information for every variable.
- Replace printed volumes spanning 22 decades of census surveys with easy-to-compare data all in one place and one format.
Tools & Features
- Visualize data with customizable, user-friendly maps, allowing unparalleled exploration of demographic and social change to reveal the patterns behind the raw numbers.
- Create thematic and interactive maps that explore historical and modern U.S. census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail (where available).
- Search for geographies with ease using the address find tool.
- Export, save, and print maps and reports for professional-looking presentations and graphics. High-resolution images are available and any presentation can be exported directly to PowerPoint.
- Create multi-map presentations with the interactive slideshow tool for in-depth comparisons and storytelling.
- Graph and chart data with easy on-screen tools to investigate the information and communicate your findings.
- Save projects in your personal MyExplorer account for archiving, collaboration, and more.
- Share your creations in presentations and online through email, social media and website embeds.
- Create data reports at all geographic levels, including state, county, census tract, block group, zip code, and census place (where the data exist).
- Download data to a variety of file formats for use with your favorite statistical package. Our reports automatically calculate aggregates, percentages, inflation adjustments, and medians to save time and eliminate errors.
- No software to install or maintain, making it hassle-free for librarians and users. The site works entirely on the web, allows for convenient remote access, and provides many basic GIS and data manipulation functions.
- An ideal teaching resource that employs an engaging visual approach to demographic information for courses across the social sciences, and trusted by Pearson Publishing as a leader in social science online learning.
In the 1990s, professor and co-founder Andrew Beveridge began consulting for the media, court cases and other private clients. With funding from the New York Times and the National Science Foundation, he and computer scientist and co-founder Ahmed Lacevic developed a simple online interface for accessing comprehensive demographic data and mapping tools. Demographic research that used to require a massive technical infrastructure and sophisticated software training to accomplish could now be done with a few simple clicks in a web browser.
- 2005 - SocialExplorer.com is launched to engage users with demographic data through maps and reports.
- 2007 - Social Explorer Inc. is founded as an independent company.
- 2007 - Co-founder Beveridge wins American Sociological Association Award for Public Understanding of Sociology.
- 2009 - Social Explorer Inc. partners with the world’s largest textbook publisher, Pearson Education to develop custom activities for 22 textbooks. Social Explorer has since created over 1,000 original visualizations and interactives featuring data from hundreds of different data sources for a range of fields and textbooks.
- 2010 - Oxford University Press begins to distribute SocialExplorer.com. Today, customers include 300 research institutions, as well as corporate, government and independent clients. Click here for more information about becoming a subscriber.
- 2010 - SocialExplorer.com wins Outstanding Reference Source Award from the Reference and User Services Association division of the American Library Association.
- 2012 - SocialExplorer.com wins Web Marketing Association Standard of Excellence Award.
- 2013 - Social Explorer Inc. collaborates with the Census Bureau to create Census Explorer, a visualization project that provides public access to data through interactive maps.
- 2014 - SocialExplorer.com wins Webby Honoree for Education Website.
- 2015 - Social Explorer Inc. wins Webby Honoree for Government Website Census Explorer: Young Adults Then and Now.
- 2015 - SocialExplorer.com wins Modern Library Awards Gold Medal.
- 2015 - Social Explorer Inc. develops an interactive tool in response to the Evenwel v. Abbott Supreme Court case.
- 2016 - Social Explorer Inc. wins Webby Award for Best Law Website for Evenwel.
The New York Times routinely cites Social Explorer data in news articles and relies on the website and team’s expertise to create maps and graphics. Social Explorer has also been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, WNYC New York Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, Georgia Public Radio, Very Short List, Gotham Gazette, New York 1 TV, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Ink, and Italian, Swedish, and Japanese television.
Partnering with Social Explorer
Contact Social Explorer Inc. for private consulting and custom work inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.orgNAICS Codes:
511210 - Software Publishers
518210 - Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services
519130 - Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Portals
519190 - All Other Information Services
541511 - Custom Computer Programming Services
541512 - Computer Systems Design Services
541519 - Other Computer Related Services
541720 - Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
541910 - Marketing Research and Public Opinion Polling
Sales contact information
Social Explorer is available by subscription to institutions, organizations and individuals worldwide. For organizations and institutions, prices are based on the size and type of organization. For individual, the price varies by length of subscription. Please contact us for more details.
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Technical support contact information
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