Allow for comparison of a table over multiple releases...
This idea assumes multiple data releases, and the ability to tie them together based on topics contained tables that might not appear in each release.
I'm thinking it would helpful to be able to select a topic and a place and and be able to compare data over time.
For instance, I needed to find the number of renters for a given county over time. I used the American Fact Finder to find General Housing Characteristics from the 2000 Census, the 2010 Census and the 2012 American Community Survey and then pull out the relevant information.
Comparison across diverse products is a complicated issue. The folks at https://usa.ipums.org/usa/ have been at it for quite some time.
Given that something like 60% of US counties are not big enough to appear in the 1-year or 3-year datasets, and that there won't be a 5-year dataset fit for comparing to historic data published until 2015... it's a little hard to know how we should navigate that.
We've talked about using data from the oldest available 1-year and 3-year releases where it's applicable, but it's a tricky design question.