Using GIS Tools & GeoDemographics
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California 710,145 census blocks
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.. self-paced, online course
.. by Warren Glimpse, founder of ProximityOne
- developer of GBF/DIME & prototype for Census Bureau digital map database
This section provides an overview of the ProximityOne "Using GIS Tools & GeoDemographics" course.
It serves as a home page for those registered for the course.
Registrants may click Section links to proceed with a particular section
(userid and password required). More detail is provided in each section.
The sections are designed to be taken in order. Each section includes assignments. All assignments must be completed to receive the
Certificate in GIS.
This program uses the ProximityOne Windows-based CV XE GIS software.
Using the GIS software enables a real world and full experience using
geographic, business, demographic and economic data and developing insights.
However, most topics covered in this program are relevant to any software that can use shapefiles.
See the Registration page for overview and to register.
Join Web sessions for Q&A, discussion, problem-solving.
Tuesdays, 3:00 pm ET.
These links are for registrants and require a userid. The scope of each section is further described below.
Section 1 -- About GIS; GIS Tools and Data Setup/Installation
Section 2 -- Geography, Geometry & Shapefiles
Section 3 -- Subject Matter: Statistical/Administrative Data
Section 4 -- Integrating Subject Matter with Shapefiles
Interpreting & Presenting Data
Section 1 -- About GIS & GIS Tools and Data Setup/Installation
Ability to start, operate and understand GIS tools/software with GIS project
Ability to modify and save GIS Project
Ability to create reference and thematic pattern maps
|Use||Use of these Course Materials|
|1.1.||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|1.1.1. || Concepts, Terms|
|126.96.36.199. || About GIS|
|188.8.131.52. || CV XE GIS User Guide|
|1.2.||An Application: How & Why County Demographics are Changing|
|1.3.||Setting GIS Application Objectives: Mapping & GeoSpatial Analysis|
|1.4.||Installing CV XE GIS & Overview|
|1.4.1.|| Run the CV XE GIS Installer|
|1.4.2.|| Navigating the CV XE GIS Software|
|184.108.40.206.|| Opening & Closing a GIS Project|
|.. || ... more .. details in course material|
|1.5.||Reviewing the Start-Up GIS Project|
|1.5.1. || GIS Project Structure|
|220.127.116.11.|| Saving and Naming GIS Projects|
|18.104.22.168.|| Using the Layer Editor|
|1.5.2.||Shapefiles: Point, Line, Area; Structure|
|1.5.3.||Data Files (other than shapefiles): Structure and Content|
|22.214.171.124.|| Excel, dBase, delimited, other|
|1.6.|| Making a Custom Map|
Section 2 -- Geography, Geometry & Shapefiles .. goto top
Understand geographic summary levels, geocodes
Understand shapefile structure and use
Ability to access and use pre-existing shapefiles
Ability to address code address data and create related shapefile
|2.1.||Geography, Geometry & Shapefiles|
|2.1.1. || Digital Map Database; Role of Shapefiles|
|2.2.||Geographic Summary Levels|
|2.2.1. || About Census Bureau Summary Levels; Role & Use|
|126.96.36.199.|| 100 Census Blocks|
|188.8.131.52|| 150 Block Groups|
|184.108.40.206|| 140 Census Tracts|
|220.127.116.11.|| 300 CBSAs/Metros|
|.. || .. more|
|2.2.2. || Small Geography/Data: Blocks, Block Groups; Tracts vs ZIP Codes|
|2.3.||Shapefile Vintages |
|2.4.1. || State-County|
|.. || .. more|
|2.5.||Geographic Equivalence Files|
|2.5.1. || Block Group to ZIP Code|
|2.5.2. || ZIP Code to County/Metro|
|.. || .. more|
|2.6.||Census Bureau TIGER System|
|2.6.1. || Accessing Pre-existing Shapefiles|
|18.104.22.168.|| Census FTP|
|22.214.171.124.|| CV XE GIS GeoGateway|
|2.7.||Adding Shapefiles to GIS Projects|
|2.8.||Geocoding & Geocoded Data|
|2.8.2.|| Census GeoCoder|
|2.9.||Making a Custom GIS Project & Maps|
Section 3 -- Subject Matter: Statistical & Administrative Data .. goto top
Understand types and attributes of statistical data.
Understand array of relevant pre-existing GIS demographic-economic data.
Ability to access wide-ranging existing statistical data.
Ability to transform your existing statistical/administrative data for GIS use.
|3.1.||Statistical versus Adminstrative Data|
|3.2.1. || Census vs Survey vs Model-based Data|
|3.2.2. || Time series & Cross sectional Data|
|3.2.3. || Model-based Estimates & Projections|
|3.3.||Federal Statistical System|
|3.4.||Locating Subject Matter of Interest; Broadly|
|3.5.||Using Your Own Data|
|3.6.||Data from Selected Statistical Programs|
|3.6.1. || Census Bureau|
|126.96.36.199.|| Using the Census Bureau API|
|188.8.131.52.|| Using the Census Bureau FTP -- programs & surveys|
|184.108.40.206.|| Decennial Census|
| .. || Census 2000|
| .. || Census 2010|
| .. || .. Summary File 1 - census blocks|
| .. || Census 2020|
|220.127.116.11.|| Current Population Survey|
|18.104.22.168.|| American Community Survey|
| .. || Scope, schedule, importance|
| .. || ACS 5-year versus ACS 1-year estimates|
|22.214.171.124.|| Model-based Estimates|
| .. || Scope, schedule importance|
|126.96.36.199.|| County/ZIP Code Business Patterns|
|188.8.131.52.|| Building Permits; Residential Construction; Housing Markets|
| .. || Other |
|3.6.2. || Bureau of Economic Analysis|
|184.108.40.206.|| Regional Economic Information System|
|3.6.3. || Bureau of Labor Statistics|
|220.127.116.11.|| Local Area Employment Situation|
|3.6.4. || K-12 Schools & Education Related Data|
| .. || NCES School Level Data (National Center for Educational Statistics)|
| .. || NCES School District Special Tabulation|
| .. || School District Sources & Uses of Funds|
|3.6.5. || Healthcare & Health Related Data|
|3.6.6. || SEC, FDIC & Individual Company Related Data|
|3.6.7. || ProximityOne Situation & Outlook|
|3.6.8. || ProximityOne Data Services|
|18.104.22.168. || à la carte |
| .. || Hispanic Population by Specific Origin by ZIP Code|
| .. || .. more|
|3.7.||Creating Thematic Pattern Views & Analysis|
|3.8.||Statistical Measures & Reliability|
|3.9.||Making/Updating a Custom GIS Project & Thematic Maps|
|3.9.1. || Packaging & Sharing a GIS Project|
Section 4 -- Integrating Subject Matter with Shapefiles; Interpreting & Presenting Data .. goto top
Ability to create your own GIS project from scratch.
Ability to integrate subject matter data (from 3) with shapefile (from 2) and add to GIS Project.
Ability to modify and save GIS Project.
Ability to plan and use geospatial analysis results in stories, meetings and reports.
Ability to develop improved stories with visuals/graphics.
|4.1.||Converting Source Data to Integratable Structures|
|4.1.1. || Importance of Data Linkage; Geocodes revisited|
|4.1.2. || Restructuring original data; adding & revising fields|
|4.2.||Integrating Subject Matter Data into Shapefiles|
|4.2.1. || Merging restructured data into shapefiles; using dbMerge|
|4.3.||Making a Custom GIS Project & Interpretation|
|4.3.1. || Using the Base GIS Project|
| Selected Analytical Topics|
|4.4.||Population & Components of Change|
|4.4.1. || Migration |
|4.4.2. || In the Pandemic Era|
| Developing Your Application/Project|
|4.5.||Application Development (select one or your own)|
|4.5.1. || Community Characteristics & Trends (selected community or a few)|
|4.5.2. || Health & Healthcare |
|4.5.3. || K-12 Schools & School Districts (U.S. or a school district)|
|4.5.4. || Diversity: U.S. by County|
|4.5.5. || World by Country Demographic Trends|
|4.5.6. || Census Tracts & Low and Moderate Income; HMDA CRA|
|4.5.7. || Comparative Analysis of Metropolitan Areas|
|4.5.8. || Banks, Financial Institutions & Demographic Patterns|
|4.5.9. || Congressional Districts, Voting & Demographics|
| Presentation, Collaboration & Insights|
|4.6.|| Making Compelling Stories|
|4.7.|| Dynamic Presentations |
|4.8.|| Making/Updating a Custom GIS Project & Thematic Maps|
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