gCensus: a Google Earth/Census data mashup

Thanks to the eagle eye of the library’s development officer, I was alerted to gCensus, the work of a Stanford computer science graduate student. Imran Hague created gCensus after finding current mapping programs frustratingly hard to use or expensive. He has created a way to make maps online using Census 2000 data and then exporting the polygons to Google Earth. Right now he has Summary File 1 available as a proof of concept with more datasets to be added later. The Mercury News published an article on gCensus yesterday including a 15 minute streaming media interview. Perhaps an interesting person to invite to a future SIG event!

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