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Geography Converter

A liter is 0.264172 gallons. A bit is .125 bytes. Knowing these conversions helps us move between measurements. How about an app that approximately converts geography? A CBSA is equal to a county? I understand converting political to tabulation geographies may be difficult, but anything would help.

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Interactive Hierarchy of Census Geographic Entities

The general population is familiar with ZIP codes, county and state boundaries. However, the Census also offers statistics in other useful geographies (e.g., NECTA, County Subdivisin, Tract, etc). But, understanding the hierarchy of Census geographic entities is not intuitive. The Census produced a diagram explaining the levels geography (http://www.census.gov/geo/reference/pdfs/geodiagram.pdf) but more can be done. ...more »

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Map-based game to collect survey information

If I recall correctly, for a lot of our surveys we have field representatives go visit various places to see if there is a housing unit there, in order to keep our survey frames up to date. Perhaps we could have normal people collect the same information by playing a game that has them visit various places and report what they see. This data could then be used to double-check what the field representatives report. ...more »

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this new app might inspire other app ideas

http://blog.walkscore.com/2013/04/choicemaps-new-way-to-measure-neighborhoods/

 

I particularly like how they use the travel time API to show how many of a thing are withint a 20 minute walk of your location. This could be used to identify access to all sorts of public goods besides restaurants.

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Evacuation Data

ACS data produces estimates on traffic, car ownership and mass transit use. Create an App that can be used my city officials to determine how many vehicles would be needed to evacuate those with out cars.

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Unemployment risk factors

The idea behind this app is to identify areas of high unemployment in relationship to risk factors that might perpetuate long-term economic hardships. The app breaks the population in three age groups: Working age adults (18-64 or 25-64) Young adults (15-24 year olds) Children (Under 18) For working-age adults, factors such as education and language ability may limit work opportunities. Child-care for single ...more »

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America's Economy App as an Innovation Platform

We have published a very successful mobile application of economic indicators. Now help us take this app to the next level. What other indicators or mashups are possible to deliver timely information or services? How can we build upon this app to be a foundation for deriving valuable insights through big data and analytics?

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Neighborhood characterizer

Using Census and other data (crime statistics, etc.), outline neighborhoods that have coherent and unusual characteristics. The idea is to find areas that stand out because they are different from surrounding areas (probably at tract level). For example, you could identify a Hispanic neighborhood, or a poor neighborhood, or an area with very high housing density or lots of elderly. For the disaster recovery planner, this ...more »

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Interactive Data Aggregation Paradigm

This isn't a specific what but more of a "how" and I'm not going to suggest how it could be addressed nor do I know if it has already been suggested, addressed, or used. I know the Bureau has put out some interesting projects to enhance readability of data. I was wondering if some form of advanced tool-tip mapping could be done on mouse-over. Obviously mouse-over is common but I also know that "within a circle of ...more »

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High Risk/Vulnerable Individuals

To help local governments better plan for disaster recovery for their residents, it would helpful to know which areas contained high risk/vulnerable individuals. These individuals might include the elderly, small children, disabled individuals, those who are language isolated, and those who do not have access to a vehicle. Creation of heat maps, or other visualizations of these populations can help emergency management ...more »

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National Quality of Life App

This practical App harnesses the power of Census data and other real-time data to increase every citizen’s Quality of Life. The application uses historical crime and safety data, along with real-time crime alerts to warn local citizens of a nearby crime-in-progress. The app allows citizens to report potential crimes by snapping pictures and videos, which are shared instantly with local authorities and neighbors. Citizens ...more »

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American Community Finder / Builder

Filter local meetups by various variables within the ACS 5-year data down to the block-group (enabled by zooming into the geographic area). By mashing these two APIs (http://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/, http://www.census.gov/developers/data/) together, community builders can identify groups and leadership/influencers that exist within areas of interest. Hopefully enabling a sort of distributed knowledge management system. ...more »

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