SOCIAL POLICY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
Dr. Rebecca Hegar
Last Updated: May 21, 2014
Data.gov is the home of the US government’s open data.
You can find Federal, state and local data, tools, and resources to conduct research, build apps, design data visualizations, and more.
- Texas.Gov: Open Data
Open Data Sources from State of Texas
- Simply Map
A mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data.
- Reference USA
A directory of detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and 210 million U.S. residents.
- National Historic Geographic Information Systems (NHGIS)
Census statistics from 1790 to latest decennial and American Community Survey
- USDA-NRSC: Geospatial Gateway
Data repository developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Geospatial Data Gateway. Provides One Stop Shopping for natural resources or environmental data.
- NCTCOG Cooperative Data Program
- GIS data layers - Census geographies, major developments and features, road and boundary files
- Land Use - Inventory of land based on use, such as residential, commercial, and industrial
- Census data - Processed decennial and American Community Survey data
- Development Monitoring - Identification and tracking of developments with at least 80,000 square feet, 80 housing units, or 100 employees on site
- Population Estimates - Annual, current-year estimates of population and housing for cities and counties
- Small-Area Estimates - Estimates of jobs by industry sector for counties, cities, and Census tracts
- Technical assistance - Response to a variety of inquiries by phone or email (complex or time-intensive inquiries may be subject to fees)
- Texas State Data Center
The Texas State Data Center and Office of the State Demographer, in cooperation with a network of affiliates, functions as a focal point for the distribution of Census information for Texas.
- Census TIGER
Basic basemap shapefiles for the U.S.
- American FactFinder
Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data from Census 2010, 2000, and 1990 Decennial Census, the 1997, 2002, and 2007 Economic Censuses, the American Community Survey, the Population Estimates Program, and the Annual Survey of Manufactures.
- Statistical Abstrtact of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
After this session, students will be able to access data from SimplyMap, ReferenceUSA, Census TIGER, and the American FactFinder in order to be able to acquire data from these sources for their research projects. Students will also be aware of the potential for integrating GIS tools into their research.
Three Sections of this Class:
- Gain familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop Interface using Pizza database
- Analyze various demographic data surrounding youth centers in Tarrant County
- Explore data sources directly
What exactly is a GIS?
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer systems that aid in the management and analysis of geographically referenced data.
- Focus on relationaships between various datasets.
Download Prepared Database
Get comfortable with GIS
- Launch ArcMap
- Add the sample data from the pizza/marketing.mdb database
- Things we will focus on:
- Attribute Table
- Navigation Tools
- Query Selections
Analyze the demographic communities around youth centers in Tarrant County, TX.
We will complete the exercise using the raw data in the 'SW' directory first and then afterwards go through the sources used to extract this data.
- Census 2010 Block Group Shapefile
- Excel Tables:
- Youth Centers Table
- SimplyMap 2010 Excel Table
See left-hand side.