Making Sense of Place through Data Visualization

Oct 25, 2017

Session Description

We’ve never had more access to data. The problem is keeping track of all the indicators now available, and organizing them for meaningful analysis – making sense of place. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and PolicyMap have developed a new data visualization tool that allows the mapping of numerous indicators associated with land use and land policy – including local zoning, levels of affordable housing, federal government spending, brownfields sites, structurally deficient bridges, conservation easements, and more. The tool, which is being unveiled at Meeting of the Minds, was designed to include several years’ worth of data, allowing analysis of change over time. Users can see certain data at the state level, and zoom in to see data as granular as a block group. Datasets in the tool come from a variety of resources, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Census, Internal Revenue Service, and National Conservation Easement Database — assembled for the first time all in one place, and packaged for visualization.

To access The Place Database, visit

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Anthony Flint, Fellow & Director of Public Affairs, The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Bernie Langer, Senior Data Analyst, PolicyMap


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