February 22nd, 2014
I heard about the US Census API and was looking around inside it. There are thousands of cool datasets within a well executed API, but it's pretty hard to navigate through because of the scale. I thought it would be cool if there was a way to organize them and maybe provide a simple visualization for each dataset. I created a thing called Census Explorer that attempts to do that. Hopefully it will make the datasets more accessible. Right now it consists of the SF1 and ACS5 datasets from the 2010 Census.
I pretty much just dumped all the dataset descriptions into an Elastic Search index, and provided a simple api for getting at it. The web interface is intentionally minimal, as this is really just an experiment-weekend project. The source lives here.