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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

DataPlace Launches New Beta Site

I thought some of you might be interested in this announcement from DataPlace:

DataPlaceTM Introduces New Beta Site for Exploring and Analyzing Neighborhood Data at

For Four Years DataPlace Has Offered Free Statistical Tools for People Interested in Housing Data (i.e., Subprime Lending and Loan Denials), and General Demographic, HUD, and IRS Indicators. DataPlace Now Rolls Out New Strategies To Help People and Organizations Acquire Knowledge from Statistical Information

SAN JOSE, CA, June 17, 2008 - DataPlaceTM is a unique, one-stop, online source for comprehensive housing and demographic data. The DataPlace Web site offers free and easy access to many national datasets and thousands of indicators with statistics on mortgage lending, population, income, housing, education, and federal expenditures. DataPlace's powerful geospatial platform allows the user to evaluate housing conditions and demographic composition of neighborhoods, cities, counties, states, zip codes and census tracts across the nation by creating maps, statistical profiles, charts, and rankings. DataPlace is now releasing an advanced, beta version of the site for public view. The free beta site includes several new features:

  • Side-by-Side Maps to compare two indicators at the same time, or see the same indicator change over time
  • A powerful Ranked List generator making it a snap to find places of interest for any place & indicator combination.
  • Simplified Search capabilities - now it's easier than ever to find relevant data
  • Preview Tools to provide quick snapshot views of data and locations
  • Visualization Tools, including easy-to-read histograms, offering unprecedented ease of understanding into the comparability of local statistics.

Put DataPlace to Use for Your Data and Communities...Become a DataPlace Customer
DataPlace is providing its innovative geospatial platform to outside organizations through customized license agreements. Customers will be able to quickly and easily replicate any of the tools and/or data currently on Data Place's geospatial platform for their own data, communities, or audiences. Customers can upload data, conduct analyses, draw comparisons and create tailor-made charts, maps, and other graphic presentations tailored to their own audience. Benefits to customers include:

  • Customizable and a fully hosted geospatial Web site in the customers brand and URL
  • Leveraging DataPlace's multi-million dollar platform for pennies on the dollar, avoiding the extensive resources required for customers to develop their own geographic information service (GIS) expertise
  • Packages suitable for internal secure and private research or external outreach
  • User-friendly, intuitive tools. Easily create high quality maps, chart, presentation, and reports
  • Focusing on content/data, not technology

About KnowledgePlex, Inc.
DataPlace is owned and operated by KnowledgePlex, Inc. KnowledgePlex is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to help transform disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods by creating and maintaining an innovative technology platform for information and data to serve a wide variety of sectors. Our goal is to provide a platform that allows the user to focus on developing data, information, and story, rather than IT and software. By providing information and technology that will empower communities and neighborhoods, KnowledgePlex, Inc. fosters accountability and impact-tracking at the community level. The best way to understand how DataPlace will benefit your organization is to see it in action. Call KnowledgePlex, Inc. at (866) 441-9249 to arrange a brief demonstration. To explore online visit


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