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Posted by saviadmin on May 27, 2015

ASK JAY: What’s trending in your zip code?

A Q&A session with SAVI’s own Jay Colbert


Hey Jay, what took so long?

Jay: Data consumers (you) love the idea of data by ZIP Codes. Everyone knows which ZIP Code they live in, and people often know many other ZIP Codes around. And, they aren’t a bad size either: small enough to have fairly consistent populations within them but large enough to hold enough population to be relatively stable year to year allowing for time-series comparisons. But, data intermediaries (me) dislike ZIP Codes since they can change frequently and with little notice and not many data providers (them) even have data by ZIP Codes making it even more challenging.

Also, ZIP Codes aren’t really even areas. According to the U.S. Postal Service they are merely an attribute of a section of a street. Even a single building (or a collection of floors in a building) can have its own ZIP Code.

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Posted by saviadmin on Apr 21, 2015

Introducing SAVI’s Advanced Search

By Michelle Jones, GIS analyst, The Polis Center at IUPUI

SAVI’s new advanced search feature makes it easier to find the data you are looking for. With this search option you can:

  • Find a community based on its name and then access a complete community profile with one click.
  • Search for communities based on the demographics or socio-economic status of the residents.
  • Search for communities near an address.
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