Sitegeist Smartphone App Provides Location Insight Using Public Data and Social Media

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sitegeist 2 panel Sitegeist Smartphone App Provides Location Insight Using Public Data and Social Media

An example of two of the five panels from the Sitegeist app showing data about Dedham, Mass.

Want to know the skinny on your community, or the place you’re visiting?  Sitegeist, a free smartphone app for iPhone and Android, taps into public data sources and puts them into easy-to-read infographics. It’s an illustration of the power of a clear design and the utility of combining varied data sources.

Sitegeist, from the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation, takes public data sources, like the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Minnesota Population Center along with data from social media sources like Yelp and Foursquare, and organizes them into five categories: People, Housing, Fun, Weather and History. “People,” for instance, includes data on the average age, relative age distribution by gender, children under five, average household income and political contributions by party.

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