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What Hamilton and Data Visualizations Have in Common

Introducing the cast of Hamilton at the Tony Awards, President Barack Obama referred to the award-winning musical not only as "a smash hit, but a civics lesson our kids can't get enough of … where rap is the language of revolution, and hip hop it's urgent soundtrack."

"In every community, there is work to be done…"

… "in every heart, there is power to do it," writer Marianne Williamson said.

So true, and as I wind down my role as a US Commerce Department official who has been privileged to lead our mission to advance data equality in America, I've been thinking about what "community" means today given the classic Digital Age conundrum.

“The ballet of the good city sidewalk”

Across America, a trend in planning, development and land use has been fast changing the way many people live. Call it mixed-use development, walkable communities or New Urbanism, the trend is moving people—and their work, lives and neighbors—closer together.

The Census Bureau has long provided deep and mature sets of data on population trends, including population density, jobs data, and earnings information, that can help realize the impact and implications of this trend.

Driving Commerce Data onto New Platforms…

During the holiday season, more of us spend more time trying to think about how we gave back this year and commit to give back in the next year. Here at Commerce, we have information that can help you target that giving, and to make other decisions, and we have been working hard to bring you more ways you can get that information.

Combining Open Commerce Datasets to Drive Better Trade Business Intelligence

“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.”—Sheryl Sandberg

As we bring private-sector innovators and technologies into our challenge to use public data to solve public problems, it’s striking how many are finding new ways to break through and apply their passions, talents and interests:

  • We have one company that is making our data available free and open on a platform with 700,00 data scientists.
  • We have another company that is wrangling, integrating, and presenting our data with information from a number of other public sources.
  • A third is making Commerce data more accessible via interactive visualizations and filters.

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