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What Hamilton and Data Visualizations Have in Common

Introducing the cast of Hamilton at the Tony Awards, President Barack Obama referred to the award-winning musical not only as "a smash hit, but a civics lesson our kids can't get enough of … where rap is the language of revolution, and hip hop it's urgent soundtrack."

A Fond Thank You

Counselor Justin Antonipillai

Counselor Justin Antonipillai

Today is my last day serving in this Administration, and in leading the Economic and Statistics Administration.

This has been a great job. It has been a privilege to lead a government Bureau that includes dedicated statisticians, economists, policy advisors, software developers and data scientists. Our operational and management team is deeply dedicated to the mission of producing data and statistics to drive policy makers, innovators, non-profits, charities, and people around the country.

"In every community, there is work to be done…"

… "in every heart, there is power to do it," writer Marianne Williamson said.

So true, and as I wind down my role as a US Commerce Department official who has been privileged to lead our mission to advance data equality in America, I've been thinking about what "community" means today given the classic Digital Age conundrum.

Data-Driven Art

In my job at Commerce, much of my focus has been on harnessing our open public data to drive innovation, job creation, the economy and new solutions for the public good.

But data-driven technologies are also fueling the right-brain, creative side of life.

“The ballet of the good city sidewalk”

Across America, a trend in planning, development and land use has been fast changing the way many people live. Call it mixed-use development, walkable communities or New Urbanism, the trend is moving people—and their work, lives and neighbors—closer together.

The Census Bureau has long provided deep and mature sets of data on population trends, including population density, jobs data, and earnings information, that can help realize the impact and implications of this trend.

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