Data USA Relaunches With More State and Local Visualizations

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Cities from Cincinnati to Phoenix have incorporated the information into their own platforms.

Open government data visualization engine Data USA relaunched Monday with new health data sets and analysis and mapping tools.

The site was built by New York City-based professional services firm Deloitte in partnership with the MIT Media Lab and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based web designer Datawheel in 2017 to tell regional stories about issues like the gender wage gap, immigration, race and poverty.

Opioid abuse is easily tracked and charted on the site, and data can be broken down by county.

“Just parking data on a website and making it available doesn’t mean that you’ve really done anything with it,” said Peter Viechnicki, Deloitte project manager, in an interview.

A new shopping cart feature allows users to merge up to five data variable into charts or maps of different areas at different levels of geography and explore the results for free.

Embeddable map interfaces have also been improved, with more than 1 million new visualizations added. Here’s one detailing the poverty rate by county:

The analytics process is easier this time around, and no data cleanup is required on the part of users.

Cities can easily be compared on a number of variables such as jobs, and municipalities like Cincinnati, Ohio are beginning to embed information from Data USA into their own platforms.

The New York City-based nonprofit Markle Foundation, which helps middle-class Americans reskill themselves in a changing economy, has teamed up with the state of Colorado to run a Skillful job coaching pilot in Denver and also Phoenix. Session signups are completed using Data USA information to identify desired careers and wage levels.

“We’re happy to be close to that kind of effort to do social good,” Viechnicki said.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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