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Using Pictures to Tell a Story: Mapping Economic Data for Researchers and the Public

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Katrina Stierholz
St. Louis Fed

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has historically been a source of economic data. The FRED database has over 15,000 economic series available. In order to improve the accessibility of our FRED data, the St. Louis Fed developed a data mapping tool called GeoFRED™. The speakers will discuss the underlying data and the configuration of the GIS tool (created using open source software). They will also describe the intended audiences and goals for the project, issues that surround mapping data, and the ways that the St. Louis Fed has used this tool to reach new audiences. Curriculum has been developed to provide teachers with lesson plans that incorporate GeoFRED and meet state educational goals for economics, geography, and social studies. The speakers will also demonstrate the GeoFRED™ website, its features and the underlying data.

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