Date of Award
Demographic mapping applications, The United States Census, MapUtopia
Steven R. Hick
The United States Census public data portal and other existing demographic mapping applications do a suboptimal job of serving two prime data user groups; the casual data user, and the GIS data user. The Census Bureau in particular has produced a user-unfriendly product with a steep learning curve. In response to the lack of an existing platform which could efficiently handle common user requests, the author has created MapUtopia.com. MapUtopia is an interactive census data mapping application which allows for quick user access to commonly requested demographic data, and allows for user download of that data in the commonly utilized KML format. MapUtopia is built on the principle of usability, and leverages the Google Maps API and open source software.
Trone, Daniel, "MapUtopia: An Improvement Over Existing Census Mapping Applications" (2012). Geography and the Environment: Graduate Student Capstones. 21.