Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices. From research libraries to classrooms to the front page of the New York Times, Social Explorer is helping people engage with society and science.
- Provides easy access to current and historical demographic data:
- Including over 40 billion data elements, 200,000 variables and more than 18,000 interactive maps from 1790 to 2010.
- The entire US Census from 1790 to 2010. All annual updates from the American Community Survey (from 2005 to 2010).
- All annual updates from the American Community Survey.
- InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States for 2009, including maps for counties, and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations (to be updated yearly).
- The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2000. (To be updated in 2012.)
- Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.
- Creates thematic and interactive maps that make it easy to visually explore all historical and modern US census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail where available.
- Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).
- Custom maps are interactive and easily navigable, and incorporate a find tool to instantly locate street addresses, cities, zip codes, and towns. Maps can also be seamlessly converted into reports.
- Download data for processing offline using any statistical package to streamline research. The reports automatically calculate aggregates, percentages, and medians to save time and eliminate errors.
- Visualize data through the user-friendly maps allowing unparalleled exploration of demographic and social change over time, revealing the patterns buried in raw numbers
- Full source documentation is available for all reports and maps, and every variable links directly to information about where the data originated from and how they were computed so the data can be trusted and easily cited.
- The latest data: Social Explorer is updated continuously with new data from the decennial census and American Community Survey as it is released from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Export, save, and print maps and reports for professional-looking reports, presentations and graphics. High-resolution images are available and any slideshow can be exported directly to PowerPoint.
- Replaces printed volumes spanning 22 decades of census data with easy-to-use, interactive online tools and easy-to-compare data all in one place.
- No software to install or maintain, making it hassle-free for librarians and users. The site works entirely on the web 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. (Sample teaching modules using Social Explorer are available to aid instructors, such as a unit on segregation.)
Social Explorer was first conceived of in 1999 to build the most informative and easiest-to-use demographics website in the world. In order to present a clean and simple interface to display and extract information, Social Explorer undertakes massive data operations — five trillion CPU operations for one census alone. The site first launched in 2003 and became available by subscription in 2007. Social Explorer is now the busiest demographics site on the net today with users from around the world creating over 10 million maps since 2008.
In 2009, Social Explorer collaborated with Pearson Publishing to create interactive mapping and reporting activities for 22 of the most popular university sociology textbooks. That same year, Social Explorer was named an "Outstanding Reference Source" by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association in 2010. (Social Explorer was the sole online-only research tool featured among the awardees.) The New York Times routinely cites Social Explorer data in news articles and uses it to create maps and graphics. Social Explorer has also been cited by and featured in numerous media outlets, including WNYC New York Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, Very Short List, Gotham Gazette, The Wall Street Journal, New York 1, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Ink, and Italian and Swedish television.
Social Explorer entered into a distribution partnership with Oxford University Press in 2010 to expand and enhance its features and functionality, and bring the site to a wider audience.
Social Explorer is led by Andrew A. Beveridge, a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Since 1993, he has served as a consultant to the New York Times on issues of demographic and social change. In 2007, Beveridge received the Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association for his efforts to bring social scientific perspectives to the public understanding of contemporary issues.
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