App of the Month: Sitegeist
Why: Sitegeist is one of those apps that can have a multitude of uses depending on what you need to know. Wherever you are, it immediately provides interesting data about the surrounding area: average age of residents, political contributions, average temperature, commuting trends, and popular nearby places. Sitegeist might just provide the facts your clients are interested in knowing about each spot they visit.
What Sitegeist Does: Sitegeist is a mobile application that 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. From demographics about people and housing to the latest popular spots or weather, Sitegeist presents localized information visually so you can get back to enjoying the neighborhood.
The application draws on free APIs such as the U.S. Census, Yelp! and others to showcase what’s possible with access to data. Sitegeist was created by the Sunlight Foundation in consultation with design firm IDEO and with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It is the third in a series of National Data Apps.
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 Over Time
Pricing Plans: Free!
Do you use Sitegeist? How can this app make your life a little bit easier?