Sitegeist App Shares "Data That Surrounds You"

By Anu Passary | Dec 14, 2012 01:16 PM EST

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Users who would like to know more about their surroundings now have an app at their disposal that draws on publicly available information to share "data that surrounds you." Users can now understand and discover the identity of a given location in the U.S. with a mere tap, thanks to the Sitegeist app.

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"Sitegeist helps you to learn more about your surroundings in seconds. Drawing on publicly available information, the app presents solid data in a simple at-a-glance format to help you tap into the pulse of your location anywhere in the United States," states the app description.

This mobile application is the third in the series of National Data Apps and was developed by Sunlight Foundation in consultation with design firm IDEO. The Sitegeist app is a free app for both Android and iPhone and enables users to learn about their surroundings in a jiffy.

So how does the app work? The Sitegeist app draws from available public data that ranges from housing, history, weather, people, things to do etc. in any U.S. location. This information is presented in easy-to-view infographics, and a user simply needs to scroll their way through the categories to get a feel of the area. The Sitegeist asp simplifies complex data and presents it in a easy user-friendly manner.

What's more the app integrates publicly available data via reliable sources like the U.S. Census Bureau, Yelp, InfluenceExplorer.com, the Dark Sky weather API, and Foursquare.

In a nutshell, the Sitegeist app gives users information about their current location, including the following:

Some of the data you'll learn about a location includes:

  • Age Distribution
  • Political Contributions
  • Average Rent
  • Popular Local Spots
  • Recommended Restaurants
  • How People Commute
  • Record Temperatures
  • Housing Units

The well-designed app uses Android design guidelines and the Holo dark theme; however, each category can be distinguished easily as it has its own unique color scheme.

Sitegeist can be downloaded for free for both Android and iPhone.

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