Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Measure of America

I want to highlight another fascinating website dealing with measurement science. This one is called The American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council.

I would like to draw your attention to the interactive map on the website. The link to the map is found in the lower left corner of the home page. By clicking the icon, you will find yourself transported to an interactive  map built on the data from the Measure of America project. The teaser describes what is in store for you there: 

Ever wondered how your state or congressional district stacks up compared with your neighbors on life expectancy, preschool enrollment, earnings or dozens of other indicators? Create customized maps by state and congressional district and by county for Louisiana and Mississippi. Build and sort data charts for over 100 indicators.

Data-driven decision making requires data, obviously, but data alone are insufficient. Equally important is a way of visualizing the data so that sense can be made of it. 

With a tip o' the hat to Angelo D.