On Monday, MIT and Deloitte launched a new data visualization website that purportedly captures data about individual cities and presents it in an easy to use website. From the NY Times:
Cesar A. Hidalgo, an assistant professor of media arts and sciences at the M.I.T. Media Lab who led the development of Data USA, said the website was devised to “transform data into stories.” Those stories are typically presented as graphics, charts and written summaries.
The media lab worked with the consulting and auditing firm Deloitte, which provided funding and expertise on how people use government data sets in business and for research.
“The goal was organize and visualize data in a way that a lot of people think about it,” said Patricia Buckley, director of economic policy and analysis at Deloitte and a former senior economist at the Department of Commerce.
The site is pretty cool and is very user friendly. One critique of the Alameda page is that the background graphic is definitely not representative of any architecture that exists in Alameda.
Not all of the data is precisely drilled down to the Alameda, the city, level but is more regional.
Here is an interesting Alameda specific graph:
And despite the concern that Alameda has been invaded completely by tech bros, the share of Alameda workers in that field only makes up 4.4%
It’s fairly extensive, I would find more interesting screen caps, but to be honest the site is making my computer work so intensively right now that I’m barely able to do much more.