Learn about the numerous data products released by the U.S. Census Bureau, including topics and variables, release frequency and availability of the particular geographic units. The best online interfaces for accessing the particular data you need will also be covered.
GIS/Data Center (GDC) Short Course
Learn how to create new GIS vector data in the form of points, lines, and polygons.
Learn how to map locations using street addresses (geocoding).
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable users to visualize and analyze spatial information in a dynamic digital environment. This short course will introduce students to general GIS concepts and applications. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS for Desktop 10 environment and will gain hands-on experience using ArcMap to create a GIS project utilizing a variety of data layers.
Learn about all the various geographic units at which the U.S. Census Bureau tabulates data and how to select the most suitable geographic unit based on your research needs and data availability.
- Legal Boundaries
- Statistical Boundaries
- Census boundary update frequency
- Selecting the most appropriate geographic unit for your work
Learn how to line up images, such as aerial photographs, site plans and diagrams, with other spatial data in ArcGIS (georeferencing).
- Principles of georeferencing
- Locating reference GIS data
- Using the Georeferencing toolbar
- Selecting control points
- Finalizing the georeferencing process
Learn how to map locations by longitude and latitude (X,Y) coordinates.
- Formatting the raw data for import into ArcGIS
- Mapping the data by XY coordinates
- Exporting the data layer
- Symbolizing the data layer
Learn how to format tabular data, such as Excel and CSV files, for input into ArcGIS, as well as procedures for querying and mapping the data.
GIS data differs from other data types, primarily because it contains geographic coordinates descirbing the location of the data on the earth. Learn about geographic coordinate systems and map projections and how to work with them in ArcGIS.