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Activity Number: 337
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Graphics
Abstract - #306485
Title: Visualizing Historical Agricultural Data via the Web
Author(s): Irwin Anolik*+
Companies: USDA/National Agricultural Statistics Service
Address: 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 22030, United States
Keywords: map ; animations ; sparklines ; interactive ; charts
Abstract:

This paper reports on research conducted at the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to optimize ways to disseminate data via the World Wide Web so that data customers can freely and effectively view and analyze NASS data using any web browser software. Specifically, we demonstrate web-based solutions that enable viewing, analyzing, and dynamically interacting with data at the national, state and county level.

We focus on ways to visualize historical data through the use of map animations, interactive charts, and "sparklines", characterized by their small size and high data density.

The paper presents important concepts and technologies that we implement on the NASS web site to enhance the ability to find data of interest, and see structure and pattern inherent in the data.

While this demonstration focuses on Agricultural Data, the principles and methods can be applied to other sources of survey and census data.


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