StrikeIron Offers Comprehensive US Census Data as Web Service
On-demand access to hundreds of data points for any application, platform, product or Web site Research Triangle Park, NC – June 14, 2005 – StrikeIron Inc., developer of the innovative StrikeIron Web Services Business Network™ (WSBizNet™) to simplify working with Web services, today announced the availability of the StrikeIron U.S. Census Information Premium Web Service. By delivering hundreds of data points from the U.S. Census Bureau for any ZIP code, city, county, or state live via an XML-based Web service, users are able to seamlessly find information such as median home prices, education status, or employment information. The StrikeIron U.S. Census Premium Web Service is distinctive by providing categorical summaries of the data thus eliminating additional work and simplifying the research process.
â€œThis Web service allows users to locate critical information across thousands of data pointsâ€ said Bob Brauer, president and co-founder of StrikeIron. â€œThe U.S. Census Data is one of the largest databases in the U.S. and users of these data points have had to spend countless hours locating the critical information they need to do their jobs. With this Web service users will now be able to quickly and easily locate this information in a familiar application.â€
Derived from almost 2000 statistical tables contained in the U.S. Census Bureau's nationwide Census 2000, this Web service, along with all of StrikeIronâ€™s Premium Web Services, is available on-demand as a â€œpay-per-useâ€ subscription. Subscribers to this service have access to four major areas of data; demographic, economic, housing, and social information: â€¢ Demographic Statistics include gender, age, race, household types, housing types, etc. â€¢ Economic Characteristics include employment status, occupation, income, poverty status, etc. â€¢ Housing Characteristics include housing units, occupied housing units, occupants, value, mortgages, rent, etc. â€¢ Social Characteristics include educational attendance and attainment, personal status (marital, veteran, disability), residence, birth (place, nativity, language spoken), ancestry etc.
The StrikeIron U.S. Census Information Premium Web Service is part of the growing StrikeIron WSBizNet focused on providing on-demand data access to improve business decision processes. These Web services can easily integrate into StrikeIronâ€™s OnDemand Web Services for Microsoft Excel add-in, providing an easy way to integrate data, charts and analysis into everyday business decisions. StrikeIron OnDemand for Excel makes it possible to simply â€œdrag-and-dropâ€ Web services and access data from multiple sources to create sophisticated â€œliveâ€ spreadsheets and complete applications without extensive programming and integration from the I.T. department. About StrikeIron Based in Research Triangle Park, NC, StrikeIron®, Inc. is the leader in Web services commercialization with its break-through StrikeIron Web Services Business NetworkTM (WSBizNetTM). WSBizNet provides an online commerce marketplace for providers and users to come together and easily publish, find and subscribe to commercial Web services. The WSBizNet Web services directory is the worldâ€™s largest and includes the StrikeIron Premium Web Services providing the most reliable and trusted commercial Web services available in the market. The Aurora Funds, Inc. provided funding for StrikeIron after recognizing the significant opportunity presented by Web services and this unique management team. For more information, visit www.strikeiron.com.
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