I was looking for a light, Christmassy Map Business Online blog subject and remembered our Public Data folder. Think of it as your MBO XMas business mapping stocking.
You can access public data as you import or Plot data on the map. When the dialogue box opens, instead of browsing for your own spreadsheet data, click the lower of the three options listed. Choose the option that reads: Select data you have already uploaded to server. And in the drop down data folder presented there choose: Public Data
Now, cast your beady eyes down that list that displays below the drop down arrow. Look at all that data! We’ve put crime stats in your XMas stocking! Forget Leggos or a bicycle, Billy got murder rates by zip code for Christmas! What a festive map program.
There is also basic data for cities and towns, public school locations, and places (another list of 26,000 plus towns with a category column.) Use these datasets in your work.
You’ll also see a complete update list of US Post Office zip codes. The zips are categorized by zip code type. This comes in handy for assessing your zip code information. Remember zip codes can have boundaries or just be a point on the map. This can have an impact on your sales territory development because point zip codes, while geocode-able will not create a territory.
So play with these data sets in Map Business Online. Perhaps they can help your business analysis. Just remember a 1:00 PM we’re going to your grandmother’s house for dinner. And no, you can’t bring your laptop or Gameboy. I need a drink.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Map Business Online.
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