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Monday, September 16 • 2:10pm - 2:40pm
Using GIS and Spatial Data to Prepare for the 2020 Decennial Census

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Session 6

The U.S. Census Bureau is the largest statistical agency in the United States and conducts more than 130 surveys and programs. While the 2020 Decennial Census is just one of the operations undertaken by the Census Bureau it is by far its largest. With the mission of counting every person living in the United States, GIS and spatial data are used extensively during Decennial Census operations. Geographers at the Census Bureau (1) oversee various partnership programs to update spatial data ahead of the Decennial count, (2) perform quality assessments of point address data, (3) utilize GIS to delineate collection geographies, and (4) make maps to support operational decision making in the field. Now more than ever the Bureau is leveraging geospatial technology to make Decennial operations more efficient and accurate. Whether it is the Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS), the Listing and Mapping Application (LiMA), or the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM), GIS technology is being leveraged across the Bureau to “Count everyone, once and only once, in the right place”. In this session we will go over in greater detail how GIS is being used in the 2020 Decennial Census.

Author: Cynthia Gillham

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Cynthia Gillham

Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau
Cynthia has seven years experience as an Economist for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics where she worked in the Boston and then New York Regional Offices. In 2016 she completed her Masters in Applied Economics at the prestigious National University of Singapore and now enjoys working... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm EDT
Rowley Room