The library has subscribed to "Social Explorer", a web site for accessing social data via maps and reports.
Here's the description from the publisher:
Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to modern and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create fast, intuitive, and illustrative maps and reports to help visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. An invaluable repository of information, the site currently includes data from the entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, all annual updates from the American Community Survey to 2008, original Census tract-level estimates for 2006 and 2007, the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000, and 2002 Carbon Emissions Data from the Vulcan Project. More than just a data source, Social Explorer offers a high level of functionality and control. Users can customize, save, print, and email maps and reports, and export them to a variety of programs and statistical packages for further analysis and use in reports and presentations. The site is updated continuously with new data and features. The 2010 US Census will be available shortly after its release in 2011. A full and complete reference of historical and modern census data, Social Explorer is an end-to-end solution that meets the needs of researchers and scholars without sacrificing ease of use for non-experts.
Social Explorer was first conceived in 1999 with the mission to build the most informative and easiest to use demographics website in the world. In order to present a clean and simple interface for all users to display and extract information, Social Explorer undertakes massive data operations—5 trillion CPU operations for one census alone. The site first launched in 2003 and became available via subscription in 2007. Social Explorer is now the busiest demographics site on the net today, with users from around the world creating over 2.5 million maps each year. In order to advance Social Explorer’s mission, Oxford University Press partnered with Social Explorer in 2010 to use its expertise selling and marketing online products to enable Social Explorer to expand and enhance the features, functionality, and data on this award-winning site, and reach a larger audience.
Social Explorer is led by Andrew A. Beveridge, a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Since 1993, he has served as a consultant to the New York Times on issues of demographic and social change. In 2007, Beveridge received the Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association for his efforts to bring social scientific perspectives to the public understand of contemporary issues. Together with a permanent staff, Beveridge and his team work to continually update the site with additional data and new features.
Key features include:
• Contains the entire US Census history from 1790 to 2000, the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000 – the most complete census data available on religion in the US
• All annual updates from the American Community Survey to 2008
• Original Census tract-level estimates for 2006 and 2007
• 2002 Carbon Emissions Data from the Vulcan Project
• 39 billion data points, 200,000 variables, and 15,000 interactive maps
• Thematic and interactive maps make it easy to visually explore the entire US census history
• Create reports at the state, county, census tract, block group, and zip code level
• Reports automatically calculate aggregates, percentages, and medians, to save time and eliminate error
• Automatically create slideshows from maps
• “You Are Here” bar allows users to return to the previous step while creating reports
• Online tutorials guide you through the site
• Maps are interactive and easily navigable and incorporate a find tool to instantly locate addresses, cities, zip codes, and towns