Published on April 6th, 2016 | by Joshua New0
Visualizing Critical Issues in the United States with Open Data
A team of data scientists, designers, and researchers have teamed up to create Data USA, a large collection of data visualizations and accompanying articles that use open government data to investigate some of the most pressing challenges facing the United States. The team uses a variety of open data sets, including the American Community Survey from the U.S. Census, industrial data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Department of Labor’s O*Net Skills data set detailing skills related to specific occupations, to examine issues such as the gender wage gap in Connecticut, the racial breakdown of poverty in Flint, Michigan, and the computer science graduation rates at U.S. colleges. The team consists of members from Deloitte, the analytics firm Data Wheel, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab.