November 30, 2020

Research Tools: A New Version of the Wonderful “Data USA” From Deloitte, MIT and Datawheel Includes an Interactive Data Visualization Builder

The new “viz builder” from Data USA continues to make this one impressive and very useful open-web research tool. If you have yet to take a look at this resource make sure to do so. 

From a Joint Announcement:

Deloitte, MIT, and Datawheel [recently] released the third major update to Data USA, a data visualization platform with more than 400,000 monthly visits. This third update includes a “Viz Builder” tool, which allows users to build custom data visualizations using data from over a dozen US public sources.

Along with this new feature, Data USA releases an improved, open source and scalable design.

Data USA is a free and open, publicly available, platform that has become one of the main sources for Americans to access public data. The comprehensive visualization engine integrates, visualizes and distributes publicly available data pulled from multiple public sources, such as the U.S. Department of Education, Census Bureau, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services.

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Data USA 3.0 includes more data sets but also updated features that enable users to more easily visualize public data. Features like the data cart and visualization builder allow users to dig deeper into the data than ever before. For example, users can now visualize the number of people working in an industry that belong to a specific demographic, such as an ethnic group and gender. This level of depth was not possible in previous versions of Data USA.

The new visualization builder feature allows users to see data differently, creating a consolidated view of useful data on a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Opioid overdose and death rates by county
  • Customer profiles across geographic regions
  • Black females working in the software industry by state
  • Admissions for universities in the Boston-metro area

Deloitte, MIT, and Datawheel launched Data USA in April 2016 and have continued to add more data, modify and evolve the platform.

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.

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