January 16, 2022

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Adds New Mapping Feature to Online Data Explorer

From the National Telecommunications and Information Administration:

One of the major advantages of NTIA’s surveys on computer and Internet use stems from their very large sample size—approximately 53,000 households representing more than 120,000 people. This allows us to break out results by demographics like age, race, income, and education, as well as by state of residence. Today, we are launching a new feature of our Data Explorer tool enabling users to visualize NTIA’s computer and Internet use data by state, with metrics displayed in a national map.

Users can easily adjust the map to reflect different datasets, while pressing the “Play” button cycles through datasets to show how the country has changed over time. The map view is available for every metric in Data Explorer, such as use of various devices, locations of Internet use, and online activities.


Data Explorer’s new mapping function can also be used to show how location-based services have proliferated in a short period of time. In 2015, 71 percent of American Internet users ages 15 and older used location-based services, including maps, reviews of nearby restaurants, and other applications that rely on GPS or other methods of geolocation. This is a big jump from 2013, when just 39 percent reported this type of activity. The state-by-state map shows that, while there are some considerable variations between different parts of the country, use of location-based services has grown quickly in every state. In Montana, for example, Internet users taking advantage of location-based services surged from 27 percent in 2013 to 67 percent in 2015. And in Illinois, this activity grew from 40 percent to 74 percent.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.