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Social Explorer Wins Charleston Advisor Award!

TUESDAY, NOV 28, 2017


Social Explorer has been named the Best New End User Product in the Charleston Advisor’s sixteenth annual Readers’ Choice Awards!

The Charleston Advisor publishes critical reviews of online resources for libraries, and the Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the best digital services for academia. 

The editors praised for being “powerful, intuitive, and easy to use,” calling the site “one of the best products a library can license for their end users.”

The Charleston Advisor’s in-depth review of Social Explorer from earlier this year described the benefits of our tools, features and interface. From the January 2017 Advisor review by Michael J. Hughes:


Social Explorer adds interpretative value by turning complex data into visual abstractions that aid comprehension. Furthermore, Explorer’s presentation and report options help users to compare and contrast data or put them into sociohistorical context, and all through an attractive and thoughtful interface that never overwhelms the user…


Explorer is demography for dummies, or if that’s too reductive, call it data visualization for the rest of us. It’s a product as welcome in a high school classroom as the pages of the New York Times. Explorer’s power lies not in the granularity of its data manipulation, though what’s here is remarkable. Rather, it lies in the software’s transmogrifying effect on intimidating data. It transforms eye-glazing rows of dry statistics into vibrant maps full of meaning. It awakens curiosity. It makes census data, dare I say, exciting.


We are honored to have been recognized by such an authority in the digital space.


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