Higher-Ed Hacks of the Week: Data USA, StoryMap, Lynda

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Data USA—A free, open platform created to visualize public U.S. government data. Deloitte, MacroConnections and Datawheel collaborated to weave together the hordes of historically disparate and confusing government data and make it useful to students, researchers and decision-makers. You can either search with its user interface or connect your own visualizations to its public API.

StoryMap—A free Knightlab tool for crafting stories with maps. StoryMap allows users to highlight the locations of a series of events. It also includes add-on tools SnapMap and Gigapixel, which let users map their last 20 geotagged Instagram posts or traverse massive images, respectively. StoryMap has been used by the Washington Post, Al Jazeera and even Game of Thrones enthusiasts.

Lynda.com—An online learning company that provides thousands of courses in subjects including computer science, graphic design and business. After LinkedIn purchased it last year, Lynda has begun providing pathways for public certifications. A month ago it released more than 50 “Learning Pathways” that, once completed, can be added to LinkedIn profiles. The basic, individual month-to-month subscription is $24.99, but it also has options for campus-wide partnerships.

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