Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Monday, October 8, 2007

New Data Search Engine Released

A new data search engine and visualization tool was just released in beta form. Graphwise describes itself as "a search engine for table data. We search the Net for files with tables, then show that data in graphic form. You can use this site to search for: graphs made from table data found on the Web, and custom graphs made by other users. Our site will be constantly improving, with new features added every week."

In their press release, they explain more about what they're trying to provide.

The Graphwise online solution is designed to locate, extract and visualize data, creating the opportunity for those in search of relevant data, like students, researchers and analysts, to quickly find, compare and extract facts, figures and statistics and view them in powerful 3D graphs and charts.

"Graphwise is the only search engine that quickly finds relevant results with tabular data," said David Weitz, Chief Technology Officer of Graphwise, "Google, Yahoo!, Ask, and MSN cannot search, visualize and compare data, nor can they give me relevant data search results. In addition, if you have data, or want to identify, extract and visualize data from your desktop or a web address, we also offer the options of uploading or crawling any URL that you enter."

"GraphWise's vision is to be the leader in the next generation of tabular data search. Our back end technology with its broad platform and ubiquitous application will allow users to have a more relevant and powerful search experience," said CEO Bruce Lamont. "GraphWise is unique in the world of search engines that until recently only returned text-based information. In today's environment of search engine specialization if you want to search for videos you go to YouTube and if you want music you go to iTunes. If you're looking for tables of data we hope you go to GraphWise."

Check it out!


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