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Smartphone Visualizations Of Neighborhood Social Data

Smartphone Visualizations Of Neighborhood Social Data
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The Sitegeist app displays statistics, like political affiliation and average age, in easy-to-read infographics.

Ryan Gerhardt
  • 20 december 2012

Finally, Census information you can use.

The Sunlight Foundation has created the new Sitegeist App to make information and factoids about your neighborhood, or any neighborhood for that matter, more accessible to the public.

Using U.S. Census data, Yelp reviews, Foursquare check-ins, weather information, and any other forms of publicly accessible information, the Sitegeist app compiles and simplifies easy-to-read infographics about your geographic location. This allows users to find out things like political contributions, average age, record temperatures, and the most popular Foursquare check-ins in your neighborhood, among other things.

Sitegeist-age-checkins

The app currently provides for five main categories, People, Housing, History, Fun, and Weather, but Sunlight plans to continue adding to the data available based on public feedback and user preferences.

While the localized information can certainly have relevance when making decisions about what to do in your neighborhood, it may just be fun to learn about your area. If knowledge really is power, then your smart phone just got a whole lot stronger.

Check out the app, which is free, on iTunes, and start swiping and scrolling your way through popular location tips, demographic data, and weather records you never knew you were interested in.

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