THURSDAY, JAN 27, 2011
This past weekend, Social Explorer attended the National Conference of States Legislatures (NCSL) Redistricting Seminar in DC. The two and a half day event brought together legislators, lawyers and redistricting enthusiasts of all kinds to participate in panel discussions and hands-on exercises.
As Nathan Gonzalez wrote in Roll Call, "Some of the most powerful people you’ve never heard of are coming to the Washington, D.C., area this week, and their legacy will last at least a decade...The N...
WEDNESDAY, JAN 19, 2011
A new article on Remapping Debate examines persistent racial segregation in the US. The story "Mapping and analysis of new data documents still-segregated America," explores the realities of racial segregation in neighborhoods across the nation. Working with tools provided by Social Explorer, Remapping Debate released interactive maps that can zoom down to the Census Block Group level anywhere in the US, showing the high concentration of segregated neighborhoods.
Social Explorer segregation m...
FRIDAY, DEC 31, 2010
On New Years Eve, Social Explorer reflects on a year of 2.9 million maps created by over 100,000 users. Looking to 2011, we resolve to fatten up with new data and tools. Here's the exciting new data diet we're sticking to:
1. The entire release of the American Community Survey 2005-09 (coming early January).
2. A tool that automatically adjusts Cost of Living for any year since 1913, and makes it possible to compare things like income distribution from year to year.
3. Release of th...
THURSDAY, NOV 25, 2010
On Thanksgiving, Social Explorer is taking a look at the site of the first famous feast—Plymouth County, MA. Here, as legend has it, pilgrims from England and local Wampanoag Indians first dined together in 1621.
Whether “Civilized Indians,” “Half-breeds,” “American Indians” or absent, Social Explorer can give you insight into how the census counted and categorized Native Americans over the decades.
Historical demographic data reveal that Native Americans were not counted for the first 60...
THURSDAY, NOV 18, 2010
Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge is attending the 35th annual Social Science History Association conference this week, where he will be on three panels:
He will be chairing a panel on "New Directions in Historical GIS (1): Substantive findings and web-based resources" where he will be leading the discussion and presenting, "Exploring Long Term US Change: Research and Teaching with Social Explorer."
He will also be chairing a session on "The Voting Rights Act at 45: New Directions and New...
THURSDAY, NOV 11, 2010
Social Explorer users now have access to new and detailed religion demographics from infoGROUP's American Church List (ACL) data for 2009. The ACL provides the most complete and accurate database of churches and religious associated businesses with approximately 350,000 houses of worship.
The data includes over 20 groups and 230 denominations, and are viewable by religious tradition or family. The reports offer a detailed breakdown of each religion, such as this table for Jewish congregatio...
FRIDAY, NOV 05, 2010
As candidates, voters and pundits continue to celebrate, mourn and scrutinize this week’s election, Social Explorer can add context to the discussion.
For example, data reveal a spectrum of economic indicators in districts that Republican candidates picked up this year. Social Explorer lets users investigate American Community Survey (ACS) data by congressional district to learn more about the places where these changes occurred.
Four congressional districts in Florida changed from Democ...
THURSDAY, OCT 28, 2010
Social Explorer enjoyed two busy days at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC this past weekend. About half a million science fans explored over 1,500 exhibits and activities at the event. Visitors to the American Sociological Association booth made predictions about their neighborhoods, which they compared to census data from Social Explorer tools.
Everyone from kids to high schoolers to parents to educators stopped by to test out hypotheses and learn more about sociology.
THURSDAY, OCT 21, 2010
This weekend, science enthusiasts are taking over DC for the USA Science and Engineering Festival organized by globally renowned science event producer, Lawrence Alan Bock.
The festival aims to re-invigorate the interest of the nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States.
Social Explorer will be at the American Sociological Association exhib...
THURSDAY, OCT 21, 2010
As the fall weather moves in, Social Explorer is looking westward to enjoy a little more of those California beaches. Inspired by several songs about this great state, we can use Social Explorer to sing with data.
After humming along with Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and The Beach Boys 1960s hit “California Girls” (remade by David Lee Roth in 1985), what is the state of West Coast women?
With Social Explorer, users can quickly compare maps and reports across the decades. Looking at th...