Public Data for the Public

We’ve blogged recently about the rich data available from the census bureau and the ability to visualize it with low cost GIS tools like Google Earth. Our friend Ducky recently released her mash-up of Google maps and census data that shows the potential for dynamic and informative maps that are easy and free to use.

Webfoot map

This data is available to everyone, but compare the data you find at the census bureau to some of the maps at Webfoot. The census bureau presents a bunch of numbers and Webfoot made them come alive. At Juice, we call this "democratizing data" and it shows the true potential of the next generation of web tools to empower your organization and put the data at the hands of the people that need it. Check out Absolutely Google Earth for a source of tools and resources to do the same.