Our intention is to make data transparent, open and easily available for users to compare the Greater Philadelphia area with the 25 largest metropolitan areas across the United States.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
Would you like to know how the Greater Philadelphia region stacks up against other large metros? Now you can. Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) launched a new version of SelectMetros.com, an online tool that allows users to compare the Greater Philadelphia region with other large metropolitan areas in the U.S.
Select Metros was updated for Select Greater Philadelphia by Knoema, a leading software developer and provider of hosted public data solutions.
“Select Metros was originally built specifically for site selectors,” said Tom Morr, President and CEO, Select. “What we found was that it is also used by students, local businesses as well as individuals throughout the region and the world.” Between metro areas, users can compare data on employment, population, housing affordability, median home prices, racial diversity, income, transit use, labor force and much more.
“We are pleased to work with Select Greater Philadelphia on launching a new and improved Select Metros,” said Dr. Vladimir Eskin, CEO, Knoema. “Select Metros has always allowed users to compare data but this version includes functionality that allows users to upload their own data, mash their data sets with the data Select has made available and create content such as interactive dashboards, tables, charts, graphs and maps to express their opinions on different social and economic variables.”
All public dashboards made by users are available in the dashboard gallery on the home page. People can engage in data collaboration, participate in discussions and exchange data and content.
Phil Hopkins, Vice President, Research, Select Greater Philadelphia, said, “Our intention is to make data transparent, open and easily available for users to compare the Greater Philadelphia area with the 25 largest metropolitan areas across the United States. The open data platform that Knoema created and we are utilizing for Select Metros will make it incredibly easy for site selectors and other users to find data, analyze it, and most of all, turn numbers into charts and graphs that visualize the comparisons between different metro areas in the United States. The emphasis of the new version of Select Metros was to provide a wide range of business cost data.”
About Select Greater Philadelphia
Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) is an economic development marketing organization dedicated to attracting companies to the Greater Philadelphia region. Select assists companies interested in the vicinity by providing detailed information about the 11-county area and a one-stop connection to numerous resources that help companies make informed decisions about locating to the region. Through global marketing efforts, Select works to promote the region’s key assets to help build the area’s economy. The Greater Philadelphia region encompasses northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. Select is a private, non-profit organization and an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit http://www.selectgreaterphiladelphia.com or call 215-790-3777.
Knoema is the leading developer and provider of hosted public data solutions based in Washington, DC. Knoema customers include African Development Bank, the University of Washington, Columbia Business School, IVG Partners, Indian Institute Of Management, Bangalore. In December, 2011 Open Data for Africa portal was launched by Knoema in partnership with African Development Bank. For more information, please visit http://knoema.com or info(at)knoema.com.