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Location Based Decision Making in Education

27 Nov

PolicyMap is a collection of more than 4,000 data sets that can be overlayed on top of maps. Users simply pick what data they want to see from drop-down menus, and they show up instantly.

It can locate school enrollment, education obtainment, district funding, and student proficiency among other important data sets via location (zip code, address, city, etc.). PolicyMap also will show you crime stats; tell you about mortgage originations (including things like subprime mortgages to various demographic groups), and age and educational background. The data is at a variety of resolutions (some are per ZIP code, some by census year) and timeliness (census data, for instance, is only current up to 2000).

PolicyMap is free to use for public data. Some data sets, such as home sale statistics, require a paid membership, which costs $200 a month.

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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Education News, Webware

 

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