FRIDAY, APR 11, 2014
April 15 marks tax time America, but some entities are exempt from paying the government. Our hospitals, schools, and religious institutions can qualify for this tax exemption.
While you were filling out your tax return, Social Explorer used American Community Survey data to learn about these non-profits.
Looking at different sectors, private non-profits employ 11,387,213 people (or 8.0 percent of the employed adult population).
The Census Bureau star...
THURSDAY, APR 10, 2014
Social Explorer, along with many other websites (perhaps as many as two-thirds) was affected by the Heartbleed security bug, a simple code error in the widely used web security measure known as OpenSSL.
Please be assured that we have fixed the issue so we no longer are affected. However, we recommend that users with individual/institutional accounts change their user passwords at their earliest convenience. To change your user password, visit the user s...
WEDNESDAY, APR 09, 2014
Social Explorer has been honored for Best Education Website in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Hu...
TUESDAY, APR 08, 2014
The latest Census Burea estimates revealed that New York City is on the rise. Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge appeared on WPIX News with news anchor Kaity Tong to explain the phenomenon and causes.
Population in the city increased 2.8 percent over the past three years to 8,405,836--the largest it's ever been. All the boroughs have increased in size with Brooklyn and Queens in the lead (3.5 percent and 2.9 percent respectively).
FRIDAY, MAR 28, 2014
The National Science Foundation, a longtime funder of Social Explorer, highlighted Census Explorer on the foundation's website this week.
The writeup showcases Social Explorer's features and impact, from the initial goal of creating easy-to-use visualization tools to reaching national and international audiences through the classroom and the media.
Starting with the success and reach of Census Explorer, the article traces Social Explorer's develo...
THURSDAY, MAR 27, 2014
Newly released Census Bureau estimates reveal that New York City has been growing in size for the past three years. Sam Roberts explored the trends in migration, births, and deaths for the New York Times in "Population Growth in New York City Is Reversing Decades-Old Trend, Estimates Show."
For the year ending July 1, 2013, an influx of foreigners combined with a continuing decline in the loss of migrants to other states increased the population by more tha...
THURSDAY, FEB 27, 2014
Census Explorer, the recently launched collaboration between the Census Bureau and Social Explorer, added County Business Patterns data on establishments, employees, and average pay, with a special focus on the tech sector. Over 100,000 users have created more than 3.7 million maps with Census Explorer.
The tool and upgrade earned praise from the top levels of government. U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spotlighted the advancements the Census Bu...
TUESDAY, FEB 11, 2014
To help kick off the Sochi Olympics, Social Explorer showcased the Russian American population from 1980 to today (which you can explore here in Part 1). For this next data event, Social Explorer bobsledded back to 1890 to examine early Russian immigration to the US.
The flow of Russian immigration to the United States rose from thousands to over a million per year by the early 20th Century. This first wave included a young Irving Berli...
THURSDAY, FEB 06, 2014
As sports fans gear up for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Social Explorer bobsleds into data on the Russian population living in the US to add some demographic analysis to the figure skating and snowboarding events.
The US has 2,091,793 residents with Russian ancestry, making up 0.7 percent of the nation’s population (according to the 2008-12 ACS).
This makes Russia the 18th most common ancestry in the US—just below West Indian, and just above African...
TUESDAY, FEB 04, 2014
Announcing a new job opportunity with Social Explorer (details and application instructions below). Please feel free to circulate.
Job Opportunity: Interactive Web-Based Content Developer for Historical, Sociological, Political Science and Demographic Materials (Social Explorer)
Seeking a smart, motivated and self-directed person to develop interactive web-based content for a variety of educational materials.
This job requires a blend of technical, cri...