My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Posts Tagged ‘App’

The Free BlackBerry 2010 Census App

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Info-graphics bring statistics to life, and there’s no better way to dissect the 2010 US census on your BlackBerry device than Andrew Trice’s graphical take on the census. The most official of free BlackBerry apps enables you to navigate through info-graphics on census data for any US county. The 2010 US Census Browser app is perfect for you, whether you’re an enterprise-level BlackBerry user who’s seeking to analyze demographics for a given market or you’d simply like to know a bit more about your own county via the convenience of your BlackBerry.

Layout and Features

The 2010 US Census Browser app’s layout is both sleek and intuitive. Simply select a state from the app’s primary column, and then select the desired county from the secondary column. After selecting a county, its census data will be populated into the app’s main window. Here, you can filter out the census data by “Age Profile,” “Racial Profile” and “Household.” Each filter utilizes a different info-graphic template, either bar graphs or pie charts, to display the specified data type. Statistics are color coded to define subsets of data, like sex and marital status. The census app also features embedded Google Maps, which pinpoints the location of your targeted county.

Additional Information

The 2010 US Census Browser app is open-source code and distributed under the“Modified BSD License.” All of the app’s data is retrieved from the 2010 “Democratic Profiles” caches on the US Census Bureau’s website, while the app’s info-graphics are derived from HighCharts.com templates.

Note: This is a sponsored post from the makers of BlackBerry.

From Our Inbox: A New 2010 Census iPhone App

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

From Zubin Wadia of CiviGuard:

MyTwoCensus Team,

I figured you as someone who might be interested in publishing our Census taking app for the iPhone…

http://www.icensus2010.com

The Census Bureau will not allow people to respond to surveys online… I assume this is because it is very difficult to ensure no duplicity or contamination of results (from hackers etc.).

The http://2010.census.gov site debuted about 2.5 weeks ago… and it had the 2010 form available in English and Spanish for anyone to review. A few days earlier at the Government Technology Conference I had the privilege to hear Vivek Kundra speak to us.

One thing that resonated deeply with me was his vision for a world where agencies share their data and vendors organically come up with solutions. The Census Bureau did just that. They put the form online. They made their travails public. I thought it was a travesty that the USA, in 2010, cannot allow people to do electronic censuses.

So I created an iPhone app with my team for it. It can easily be ported to the Android platform in 2 weeks. And even if the public may not be able to use it – the Census Bureau perhaps can. We are still 100+ days away from Census day 2010… which leaves plenty of time to perform any back-end integration with their address database.

The paper version of the form can be downloaded in PDF here:

http://2010.census.gov/2010census/pdf/2010_Questionnaire_Info.pdf

About the App:

- Checkboxes are hard to do on the iPhone (not a supported component out of the box) – but it works great for this use-case and we made it happen.

- Once a survey is done (takes 2 mins for normal cases), a JSON message is created, it is encrypted, compressed and sent to a REST-style web service on Google’s App Engine.

- The system uses GeoTagging to add a layer of validation. You must be within US territories. You must be within 1 mile of your home billing address related to your cell number. Then you can do a census. One census per household.

- Integration with Telecom databases and the Census Address DB is of course pending. Our expectation is that the application will have enough buzz to yield next steps with the Census Bureau.

About CiviGuard:

http://www.civiguard.com

We focus on Public Service 2.0 solutions for the US Government. Our core focus is emergency management – our CiviCast platform is the first solution in the world to offer guided evacuation or isolation guidance to civilians during a crisis. This is far more capable and detailed vs. the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) specification currently being pursued by the Fed.