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Using GIS Tools & GeoDemographics
  .. 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

Learning Objectives
  • 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

UseUse of these Course Materials
1.1.Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
1.1.1.   Concepts, Terms     About GIS     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     Opening & Closing a GIS Project
..     ... more .. details in course material
1.5.Reviewing the Start-Up GIS Project
1.5.1.   GIS Project Structure     Saving and Naming GIS Projects     Using the Layer Editor
1.5.2.Shapefiles: Point, Line, Area; Structure
1.5.3.Data Files (other than shapefiles): Structure and Content   Excel, dBase, delimited, other
1.6. Making a Custom Map

Section 2 -- Geography, Geometry & Shapefiles .. goto top

Learning Objectives
  • 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     100 Census Blocks     150 Block Groups     140 Census Tracts     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     Census FTP     CV XE GIS GeoGateway
2.7.Adding Shapefiles to GIS Projects
2.8.Geocoding & Geocoded Data
2.8.1.   AddressCoder
2.8.2.   Census GeoCoder
2.9.Making a Custom GIS Project & Maps

Section 3 -- Subject Matter: Statistical & Administrative Data .. goto top

Learning Objectives
  • 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.Statistical 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     Using the Census Bureau API     Using the Census Bureau FTP -- programs & surveys     Decennial Census
..       Census 2000
..       Census 2010
..       .. Summary File 1 - census blocks
..       Census 2020     Current Population Survey     American Community Survey
..       Scope, schedule, importance
..       ACS 5-year versus ACS 1-year estimates     Model-based Estimates
..       Scope, schedule importance     County/ZIP Code Business Patterns     Building Permits; Residential Construction; Housing Markets
..     Other
3.6.2.   Bureau of Economic Analysis     Regional Economic Information System
3.6.3.   Bureau of Labor Statistics     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     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

Learning Objectives
  • 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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Learn more about accessing and using demographic-economic data and related analytical tools. Join us in a Data Analytics Lab session. There is no fee for these one-hour Web sessions. Each informal session is focused on a specific topic. The open structure also provides for Q&A and discussion of application issues of interest to participants.

Additional Information
ProximityOne develops geodemographic-economic data and analytical tools and helps organizations knit together and use diverse data in a decision-making and analytical framework. We develop custom demographic/economic estimates and projections, develop geographic and geocoded address files, and assist with impact and geospatial analyses. Wide-ranging organizations use our tools (software, data, methodologies) to analyze their own data integrated with other data. Follow ProximityOne on Twitter at Contact us (888-364-7656) with questions about data covered in this section or to discuss custom estimates, projections or analyses for your areas of interest.

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