In her most recent post to Tagging the Tower, Digital Fellow Kristen Hackett introduces the use of “Social Explorer”–a tool for visualizing and exploring population data with maps. Her post, which is the first of a 2-part series, provides GC students with an overview of how to access Social Explorer if you are a GC student and an introduction to navigating the application’s interface.
Read the first two paragraphs below:
Imagine: You are doing research on a particular geography or set of geographies – maybe a neighborhood in New York City, maybe multiple neighborhoods or geographies across the United States. You want to examine or compare the demographics of the geographies and look at a spatial representation of them, but are not at the stage where you need or want to learn a sophisticated GIS mapping platform. Maybe you’re like me you just want to explore.
What can you do?
If you are a Graduate Center student*, then you are in luck! The GC holds an institutional license to Social Explorer, a web-based platform that “provides easy access to demographic information about the United States”. Through Social Explorer, users can explore demographic data from 1790 to the present in the form of maps and data tables, and can quickly download and store or share this information.