Social Explorer

Social Explorer is a very cool interactive map implemented in Flash with a GIS server backend. The maps are all social science-oriented, primarily census data. It’s incredibly quick and has some pretty sophisticated rendering: zoom in to see counties, then census tracts and roads.

The LA County Race Maps also have a nice Progress Portfolio-like feature of being able to save off snapshots of your work.

We’re [Update: “we” as in my family] thinking of moving so it’s also an interesting way to scope out potential affordable communities (use the Housing maps from the Census), even though the census data is from 2000.

posted January 30, 2006 by ben

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